1970 Land Rover SIIa 88" Diesel
sound and straight example; working overdrive; excellent canvas tilt; dependable
workhorse that will outlive all of us!
The successor to the successful Series One Land Rover was
the Series Two, which remained in production from 1958 to 1961. It came in
88-inch and 109-inch wheelbases (normally referred to as the 'SWB' and 'LWB').
This was the first Land Rover to adopt a relatively modern
shape, and used the well-known 2.25 litre petrol engine, although early SWB
models retained the 2.0 litre petrol engine from the Series I for the first
1,500 or so vehicles. This larger petrol engine produced 72bhp and was closely
related to the 2.0 litre diesel unit still in use. This engine became the
standard Land Rover unit until the mid-1980s when diesel engines became more
The Series 2A replaced the S2 in 1961 and remained in
production for 10 years. There were some minor cosmetic changes, but the most
significant change was under the bonnet in the guise of the new 2.25 litre
diesel engine. Body configurations ranged from SWB soft top to the top of the
line five-door Station Wagon. From February 1969 the headlamps moved into the
wings on all models, and the sill panels were redesigned to be shallower a few
First registered in January 1970, this SWB 88" has the
2.25 diesel engine with manual overdrive transmission. It is showing 50,143
miles on the clock although whether this is correct or not is difficult to say.
It certainly looks to be remarkably straight and solid with none of the dents
and battle scars that these workhorses usually pick up over the years.
Twelve old MOTs show that it has certainly been only
lightly used for the last 26 years at least, showing 30,486 miles in 1995 and
49,465 miles in 2012 when it appears to have been put into storage. It was next
MOT tested in 2017 and has only covered some 650 miles since, being put on SORN
in October last year. There is one invoice on file for a service, checkover and
grease-up back in March 2009. The canvas tilt is in excellent shape and must
have been renewed very recently while the overdrive works as it should.
Starting promptly and running well as we have moved it
around on site, it doubtless has at least another 50 years of useful working
life ahead of it.
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