1975 Land Rover 88 Series III

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Light Green | 4x4 | 4 Speed Manual | 2.25 litre Petrol 6 cylinder | 66,762 kms showing | SOLD

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Nothing lasts forever, but some very good things come very close.

Although production ceased in January of 2016, Land Rover's Defender production spanned a whopping 67 years managing to buck fashion trends whilst somehow epitomising them and is fast becoming one of the most collectable classics of the modern era.

Influenced by Jeeps of WWII, the first Land Rover arrived in 1948. Customers quickly discovered that this car could take on just about any terrain, making demand for them high and desirable to owners like the Queen, Ralph Lauren and the fox hunters alike.

After the huge success of the first model, Land Rover created the Series II and updated Series III, the latter carrying a reputation as the hardiest model ever constructed.
 
The final evolution of the “Series” Land Rover’s, before the Defender moniker took over, was the Series III. Produced from 1971 to 1985 this was a time in which Land Rover marked its one millionth vehicle made.

Following the IIA, the Series III featured some notable improvements including a new fully synchromesh gearbox, bigger and better brakes, a one-piece moulded front grille, flat hinges for all side doors, and a redesigned interior with new moulded dashboard and instruments repositioned directly in front of the driver.

Early Series III’s featured the same robust, tried and tested 2.25-litre petrol and diesel four-cylinders that powered the Series IIA’s but benefitted from higher power output thanks to the bump from 7.1 to 8.1 compression pistons—increasing total output to 73 horsepower and there was a selection of 4 body styles- truck cabs, hardtops, seven-seat station wagons and a soft top.

The car offered is a Series III 88-inch (Short Wheel Base) Station Wagon with removable hard-top manufactured by the Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia and presenting with an authentic patina throughout, in excellent driving order.

Still wearing its original Light Green paintwork this very original and unrestored SWB still features its all-aluminium body with accident-free panels and still mounted on the original steel ladder box frame.

The interior, although spartan, is also well preserved and still features its original build plates, the full range of Smiths and Jaeger instrumentation, steering wheel, vinyl dash and well-padded tan vinyl seats.

Although the Series III Land Rover may not be the fastest car on earth, it sure does have a lot of grunt. It also offers ample space for grand tours through the country and usable every-day performance that transforms the car into more than just a utility vehicle, rather a way of life.

Recently serviced, these early generation Land Rovers are now celebrated as an automotive icon. As interest in classic Land Rovers continues to grow, it’s early examples, like this hard to find, very original, excellently prepared and Australian made Series III heading the charge.

Now is the time to experience why these early series Land Rovers are so popular and with production officially ceased, there will never be another like it.
 

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