Top three Series Land Rovers to buy now!
With prices spiralling upward, now’s the time to purchase your ideal Series Land Rover. Here are the best examples from the AutoClassics classifieds
We aren’t going to insult your intelligence by lecturing you on how the good ol’ Land Rover remains the best 4x4 money can buy, because it’s already common knowledge. Designed to work harder than Katie Hopkins’ lawyer, and offering sheer dependability when the going gets rough, there’s a reason why this model is the chosen steed for explorers, farmers, celebrities, toffs, royals, shepherds and solicitors alike. No matter your position in life, you can always step out of a Landy and look ‘proper’.
‘Classlessness’ may be a phrase that contemporary journalists have coined for the current-generation Range Rover, but long before Spen King’s template in egalitarianism took to the streets, the Wilks brothers’ amplified and vastly improved take on the Willys’ World War Two Jeep hit the sweet spot.
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Besides traversing the land and mapping the world in an indefatigable fashion, not to mention delivering food to starving people and helping preserve human life during both peacetime and war, Solihull’s humble brainchild soon became a fashion icon – something city slickers soon cottoned on to.
Emergency services clocked the sheer usability that Land Rover’s sturdy chassis could provide, leading to conversions for use by mountain-rescue teams, ambulance crews, fire brigades and everything in between – not to mention truly bonkers six-wheeled and tracked variants for military and forestry commission purposes.
However, while this heritage is truly impressive and keeps the mantra very much alive as the Defender’s next epoch fast approaches, that’s not the real reason we adore the classic Landy. Rather, the model’s utilitarian charm and utter loyalty exhibited on any journey – long or short, Tarmacked or off the beaten track – keeps us grinning from ear to ear and hungry for more. Never has a comfortable cruising speed of 48mph been so downright exciting.
Time’s onward march has not diluted the 4x4’s desirability, nor the harmony between man and machine so beloved of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bear Grylls or Monty Hall. However, the market’s upwardly spiralling prices certainly have. Many enthusiasts now believe that ownership of arguably the coolest vehicle in the world is beyond reach – yet this fact is largely fiction. Scout far enough through the classifieds and you can still find solid and healthy examples for less than you’d think.
To prove it, we’ve done the hard work for you on this occasion – and not just because our time is often spent browsing for 4x4s in the classifieds… Here’s our pick of the finest Series Land Rovers currently residing in out classifieds. And, boy, do they look amazing!
1955 Land Rover Series I 107-inch
Besides being rarer than a decent BBC3 programme, the 107in Series I holds a trump card; it set the tone for future Land Rovers that are still employed as the nation’s backbone today. Experimenting with the concept of a lengthened chassis, it was at this point that the blueprint foundations for success was truly formed.
This tasty, fully rebuilt, right-hand-drive example rolled out of factory gates on December 16, 1955. Finished in grey, it was sold through Spurling Motor Bodies Ltd in Colchester, Essex.
A British Motor Industry Heritage Certificate confirms that a 2-litre petrol engine was fitted from new. The off-roader spent the majority of its life in Malta, and the original body panels remain remarkably straight with a crust-free chassis. It landed back in the UK for renovation work in 2016, and has since been MoT tested and re-registered back on to UK plates.
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1966 Land Rover Series IIA diesel
The Series II/IIA is considered by many to be the ultimate incarnation of the hardy Series line-up. This model is also quite possibly the Land Rover that features strongest in the public perception of the brand, from its crowning appearance in Born Free and the franchise’s variously successful adventure sequels still shown from the 1960s.
But there is another reason. It was while the Series II and IIA were in production that sales figures hit record numbers, with 60,000 Land Rovers sold in 1969/’70 alone. Purely for comparison sakes, just before the Defender production line fell silent in January 2016 around 25,000 models were sold. Therefore, it’s the design that’s most frequently spotted on the show scene.
This doesn’t detract from the second-generation Land Rover’s merits, however – as is proven by this immaculate, Safari-prepped diesel. Despite being powered by the ‘devil’s fuel’, the powerplant can still cut the mustard off-road, even if it’s a tad slower than its petrol brethren.
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1976 Land Rover Series III 109-inch
Before the classic design gave way to coil springs and pure diesel power, the Series III saw parent company British Leyland through its most turbulent time. Besides keeping the company largely afloat, it also had to see off stiff competition from the likes of Toyota and the Americans. Competitors were catching up, with the Land Cruiser absorbing the majority of the Australian and African market previously enjoyed by BL sales reps.
Regardless of what pub talk and keyboard warriors would have you believe, the Series III held its ground like a four-wheeled Clint Eastwood, firmly cementing Land Rover’s reputation as the cult 4x4 of choice. Land Cruiser enthusiasts may well claim ‘if you want to head out into the desert, take a Land Rover; but if you want to come back again, take a Land Cruiser’, but it masks their insecurity when faced with a stern-looking, far more popular Series III. Especially if it happened to be a Stage 1 V8…
Besides setting the club scene as we currently know it, and watching trumpeted competitors fall by the wayside, the Series III proved to be diverse for those of a tuning persuasion – as is demonstrated by this 1976 Series III 109 – with V6 power. You can find out more in the AutoClassics classified advert.