The Land Rover Series II was launched 10 years after the appearance of the original car and was an exercise in improving the product without changing its intrinsic appeal.
For the first time, Rover’s styling department had been involved, head of design David Bache adding a curved mid-section which added a few inches to the body-width in order to house the wider track of the Series II's more robust axle design. A revised dashboard, more comfy seats (well everything is relative) as well as a usefully bigger 2.25-litre petrol engine made it a popular upgrade for the already happy throng of Series I owners.
The Series IIa that followed 18 months later was further improved to include a 2.6-litre petrol engine option in the LWB version, and a new 2.25-litre diesel, significantly enhancing the Land Rover’s appeal in export markets. It was this design that stayed in production until 1971 when the Series III arrived, although this update was little more than cosmetic.
Available in 88” and 109” wheelbase choices, the shorter model proved the most popular, making this very late IIa LWB 12-seater Station Wagon 109” somewhat of a rarity. Produced during the final throes of Series IIa production, it retains the nice centrally-mounted instruments, yet incorporates the wing-mounted headlights that were introduced during that cross-over period.
Acquired by the vendor as a recommissioning project, it had not been on the road since 2009 but had already been fitted with new springs and shock absorbers all round. He gave it a complete brake overhaul, a reconditioned carburettor as well as covering numerous small jobs.
Due to carry a fresh MOT by the time of the sale, the vendor believes that the indicated 80,000 miles could well be correct given the solid nature of the chassis and bulkhead athough there is insufficient documentation to substantiate this figure.
Well spec’d, it has free-wheeling hubs, side-steps, a Safari roof, tow bar and electrics and De-Luxe seats. The vendor has also treated it to a bare metal respray and according to the V5C it has had just three previous keepers.
These LWB Series Land Rover Station Wagons are few and far between these days, this 12-seater version looking very tempting at the suggested guide price. There can be few cars that are as cheap and easy to own as a Series Land Rover.
AMENDMENT; Bidders are advised that the brake master cylinder failed on the way to the MOT and as a consequence this car will be sold with no MOT.