Lot 219 - 1973 Land Rover Series III (two-door)
|Odometer reading||62,081 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,152|
Land Rovers were inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep immediately after the war and by 1992, Land Rover claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they had ever built were still in use. Before the war, Rover had produced luxury cars which ceased to be in demand in the immediate post-war period and raw materials were strictly rationed to those companies building construction or industrial equipment. Rover's original factory in Coventry had also been bombed, forcing the company to move into a huge factory it had built in Solihull to construct aircraft. The Series III is the most common vehicle, with 440,000 of the type built from 1971 to 1985. The headlights were moved to the wings and the traditional metal grill featured on its predecessor, was replaced with a plastic one. The production run for the Series III was from 1971 through to 1985 and during this cycle (1976) the 1,000,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line. The Series III saw many changes in the later part of its life as Land Rover updated the design to meet increased competition. In keeping with early 1970's trends in automotive interior design, both in safety and use of more advanced materials, the simple metal dashboard of earlier models was redesigned to accept a new moulded plastic dash. The instrument cluster, which was previously centrally located, was moved to the driver's side.
This desirable four-wheel drive short wheelbase version of these durable British workhorses comes with the potent V8, 3900cc engine mated to a five speed gearbox from a 1990 Land Rover Discovery and has been converted to coil springs. It also comes with a new MoT test certificate and sand colour interior and exterior. These early Land Rovers are highly sought-after and with the big V8, it will carry out most tasks effortlessly.