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1964 LAND ROVER Series IIA 88" with canvas tilt

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1964 LAND ROVER Series IIA 88" with canvas tilt

Background

That the Land Rover Series II was launched more than sixty years ago is hard to believe. A massive improvement over the previous model thanks to its (relatively) curvaceous and more accommodating body, it was a welcome update for those folk for whom Solihull’s finest provided the only viable transport to get them around their farms and across vast swathes of the Third World.

Initially available with either the two-litre petrol or diesel engine from the Series I, a move to larger and more powerful engines was inevitable; tectonic plates move faster than an early Series II, even with your foot flat to the floor...

And while the 2.25-litre diesel engine that joined the lineup with the introduction of the Series IIA in 1961 isn’t the last word in power or refinement, it is hugely reliable and will run forever on the merest whiff of an oily rag. It is, therefore, utterly in keeping with the rest of the vehicle, which is distinctly agricultural but as tough as a miner’s steel-toe-capped boots.

The 72bhp petrol engine, on the other hand, might displace the same as its diesel stablemate but it is a completely different animal being silky smooth and a joy to rev. Not so much of a joy when it is time to fill up of course but then everything in life has a cost and most agree that the moderate increase in fuel consumption is a small price to pay for what is indisputably a much nicer driving experience.

A 2.6-litre, straight-six diesel was also offered in the long wheelbase models, but it was never a popular option when new and is even rarer now.

Other than the matching 2.25-litre engines, the Series IIA is very similar to the Series II to look at and the move to wing-mounted headlamps from grille-mounted is really the only way to distinguish them at a distance.

It was available with either an 88” wheelbase (the short wheelbase model, or SWB) or a 109”, the long wheelbase or LWB. Other factory options included a soft-top as well as a fixed-roof, and the latter was available with the much prized ‘Safari roof’, a double-skinned arrangement that is said to reduce the ambient temperature inside the cab thanks to a cooling flow of air betwixt the two.

You could choose your new LWB Land Rover as a Station Wagon with either ten or 12 seats (the latter was classed as a minibus, so was very tax-efficient…), a van or pickup. The nifty, ultra-maneuverable SWB could be had in the same configurations albeit seating fewer people.

But, no matter which engine you choose, the Series II and IIA were never about refinement, power, or handling; they were built to conquer the world using brute force and stubbornness and were the latest in a long line of Land Rovers that helped civil engineers, explorers, and the military get to where they needed to be.

Oh, and they can be repaired and maintained by a chimpanzee with an adjustable spanner and a pocketful of loose change, which makes them ideal as a starter classic, especially when you consider their rock-solid residuals and the low cost of insurance.

The Vehicle

First registered on the 17th of April 1964, this delightful Land Rover Series IIA 88” has had £10,000 spent on it during the three years the vendor has owned it; a self-confessed perfectionist, he entrusted the majority of the work to the talented folk at the Haynes International Motor Museum workshop.

Professionally resprayed and resplendent with a very good canvas tilt, it is fitted with the correct black vinyl seats including two rear bench seats for the ultimate in versatility.

Previously used as a tender in the pits at the Goodwood Revival, this Series IIA features the desirable inboard headlamps with the sweet-revving 2.25-litre petrol engine. Described by the owner as being: “fully sorted, running beautifully, and looking great I have no reason to sell other than to move on and try other things.”

On the Outside

Recently resprayed to a high standard, the Marine Blue bodywork is still in a cracking condition. Having been fitted with many new body seals previously, the general fit ‘n’ finish is better than we usually see on the model, at least partly thanks to some recent tweaks to the door hinges and catches in March of this year at the Haynes Museum’s workshop.

The Sand canvas tilt and sticks were fitted in 2011 but given the vehicle’s only limited use since that time there are both still in a very good condition with no rips, tears, or other damage. Removing it gives you the full wind-in-the-hair experience, or you can just roll the sides up for a hybrid experience. (And if you’re looking for any other kind of hybrid experience then may we respectfully suggest that an old Landy might not be for you…)

The galvanised trim, bumpers, and front grille are all in a great shape and it makes a change to see proper metal items when we’ve become so used to seeing plastic. Peeking closely does seem to show that some bits, like the rear quarter trims, are painted rather than galvanised though.

The steel wheels are finished in Limestone. They’re in great shape and shod with matching Federal A/T tyres, all of which have a depth of tread that can almost be measured in inches rather than mm.

As we will never tire of explaining, our experience shows that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but it does perhaps give you an insight into their attitude towards maintenance.

Work to do? Well, there are a couple of minor light scuffs to the paint, one of which can be seen on the leading edge of the offside rear wheel arch, but you’ll have to look closely, and a few of the screws on things like the indicator and sidelight lenses are rusty but that’s very much a #firstworldproblem, isn’t it?

On the Inside

Fitted with the correct black vinyl seats, this is a genuine seven-seater, allowing you to enjoy its classic charms with six of your mates. True, they’ll need to be good mates but then the rear seats do fold up and out of the way, opening up a decent load space to collect a few logs for the woodburner.

The spare wheel is mounted back there too, and while it does steal a little room this is a much more sensible place to keep it than on the bonnet; it might not look as roughty-toughty hidden back there but have you ever tried lifting a bonnet with a Landy spare wheel on it?

The floor is protected by Land Rover-branded rubber mats and there are proper levers sprouting from the floor – three of ‘em at that! – rather than the sort of pushbuttons you’ll find on the dashboard of your cute little SUV.

The vendor tells us that the dashboard gauges and lights all work. We’ve spotted a couple of extra switches in there too; these might or might not work, but then as we’ve pointed out before, this is an old British Land Rover and not a PCP-funded faux off-roader so you might need to adjust your expectations accordingly.

While we are on the subject, the interior, while it is reasonably well-painted, isn’t finished to the same high standard as the exterior. We can also see that the new owner might want to fettle some of the details like the bezels on the dashboard gauges to bring them up to a better standard when time and funds allow.

Underneath

Serviced and fettled over the past three years by the workshop of the Haynes International Motor Museum, the Land Rover now sports a Weber carburettor, an upgrade the vendor tells us gives smoother running, more power, easier starting, greater economy, and lower maintenance. He also says that it, alongside the free-wheeling front hubs that are fitted, allows for a genuine 70mph.

The clutch was replaced at an indicated 25,307 miles, while the rear diff was replaced at 27,111. All four UJs have been replaced in the last three years too, and the owner tells us that all of the transmission components work as they should, although he does remind potential bidders that these cars had no synchromesh on either first or second gears even when it was new…

We’ve driven it and the only problem we found is the idle, which is too low. Pulling out the choke a little gets it running well so fixing it would almost certainly be just a matter of tweaking the carburettor.

The owner tells us that he believes the Land Rover has had a body-off chassis replacement in its recent past but admits that there is no paperwork to support this. As you can see though, the chassis is in an excellent condition.

History Highlights

The Land Rover’s MOT certificate expires in February 2021. It has a number of expired MOT certificates plus a sheaf of invoices and bills to confirm the work that has been done to it over the years.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained and restored to a very good standard.

If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.

And please be reassured, we’ve undertaken a full COVID-assessment and put into place strict control measure to enable us to safely facilitate a no-contact, socially distanced viewing that includes disinfection of the vehicle before and after your viewing.

However, if you’d rather not come to see the car in person, please give us a call and we can shoot a personal video of the car honing in on any areas you’d like us to concentrate on.

Or, even better, why not contact us with your mobile number and we can set up a WhatsApp video call? You get to direct us in real-time, giving you a virtual personal viewing experience while maintaining the lockdown. We like to call it ‘The Market’s 2020 Vision’…

What We Think

Buying an old Land Rover is never a bad idea and when it comes with a Goodwood Revival history then it adds yet another dimension to an already very attractive working classic.

One of the (many) joys of running an old Series Landy is that they can be left sitting for months at a time without worry; all you do is jump in, pump the throttle a couple of times and it’s almost certain to fire into life. This makes them ideal for folk who want an occasional classic for beach barbeques, a spot of muddy fun, fetching logs, or keeping mobile in the snow.

Priced to sell, we think it’ll fetch somewhere between £12,000 and £20,000 but that’s almost irrelevant; if you’ve got the money earning sod-all interest in the bank, this is a far more interesting way of tucking it away, surely?

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of trusted suppliers we work with regularly and can recommend: Classic & Sportscar Finance for purchase-financing, Footman James for classic car insurance Thames Valley Car Storage for storing your car and an array of regional providers for transporting it.

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  • Location: Abingdon
  • Odometer Reading: 27,700
  • Chassis Number: 24113810B
  • Engine: 2250 petrol
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Color: Marine Blue with Sand tilt
  • Interior: Black vinyl

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