The Series III Land Rover was introduced in 1971, running through until 1985 when it was finally replaced by the coil sprung 90.
Over 440,000 left the Solihull plant, the millionth Land Rover, a Series III, rolling off the production line in 1976. In truth, little had altered from the old Series IIa although it featured a plastic grille, full synchromesh gearbox and from 1980 got a 5-bearing crankshaft.
The headlights were mounted on the outside of the wings (which were carried over from the late Series IIa models anyway) and the dashboard was moved in front of the driver and made of a tough plastic material. Go anywhere, simple, rugged and tough, they did what was expected of them and survive in hordes, offering rugged go-anywhere transport.
This 1975 tax-exempt Series III 88-inch came into the vendor’s hands recently having been owned by a local lady since 2002. Purchased as a running vehicle to use and improve, he has replaced the rear ¼ of the chassis and rear cross-member, overhauled the brakes and fitted a new water pump.
MOTd until April 2018, it is now structurally sound and ready for further use and cosmetic improvement. Fitted with mud-flaps and rear light guards, it is otherwise standard and has the reliable and lively 2 ¼-litre petrol engine.
A useful addition to any fleet, this handy Landy is ready for work and play.