"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
1975 LAND ROVER SERIES III
88"AIR PORTABLE MILITARY 4X4
- Make: Land Rover
- Model: Series III Lightweight.
- Year: 1975
- Price: £7,900 (approx €10,486 euros)
Chassis number: 95103943A
Registration number: KHP625N
This lightweight 'Air Portable' variant on the 88" chassis has the 2,286cc petrol engine. Introduced on the Series IIA, the so-called lightweight (½ ton) model was specially adapted for transportation by the helicopters then in service with Britain's Armed Forces, the principal departure from standard specification being a narrowing of the vehicle by 4", while much of the body was made de-mountable. Development of larger and more powerful transport aircraft and helicopters soon made the 'lightweight' specification redundant, but the British Army appreciated the model's stripped-down simplicity and it was adopted as the standard short-wheelbase military Land Rover.
This particular vehicle went into service in 1975 in Northern Ireland and comes with a copy of its service record and its old MoD numberplates. It was sold at auction in Northern Ireland in June 1991 & was acquired by the previous owner in 2006 and restored in 2009. Works carried out included installing a REME-reconditioned 'crate' engine; fitting a new chassis cross-member at the rear; converting the electrics from 24 to 12 volts; and fitting an Accuspark electronic ignition system The current odometer reading is 31,710 miles which is believed to be correct.
The Land Rover is in super condition with an absolutely solid chassis, Fresh Engine & a handy pair of entrenching tools bolted to the rear should one need to dig in when the Russians arrive. It drives extremely well & has a real "go anywhere" feel to it. 4 wheel drive is engaged by pressing the yellow knob next to the gear lever down. Low ratio is also available by pulling back on the red lever located next to the yellow one.
The paint is standard military drab & we would be lying if we said it polishes up to a beautiful shine. The canvas hood is in good order & is easily removed for summer alfresco expeditions. It is loads of fun for the money & is a properly sorted example.
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