Lot 266 - 1983 Land Rover Series III 88” Country Safari
|Odometer reading||59,170 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,080|
- Five main bearing 2.3 litre petrol engine
- Sympathetically restored example
The iconic Land Rover Series I, II, and III are commonly referred to as ‘Series’ Land Rovers to distinguish them from later models. These easily recognisable vehicles were produced by the world famous midland manufacturer from 1948 until 1985. Land Rover state that 70% of the vehicles are still in use today. A superb achievement for any motor manufacturer.
This fantastic 1983 Series III with desirable Safari top was originally registered in December 1983 and as such was one of the last Safari to come off the production line benefiting from all Land Rovers enhancements, such as tinted windows, wing mirrors fitted on door hinges and rear wiper. This example has benefitted from a sympathetic restoration to an originally excellent Series III Safari Station Wagon, boasting original bodywork, chassis, bulkhead and interior the quality of which is easy to see. The car now presents wonderfully in Land Rovers red coachwork complemented by a contrasting white Safari roof and classic white steel wheels. We are informed by the vendor the 2.3 litre petrol engine has had a cylinder head overhaul with unleaded fuel specification and all the engine ancillaries were either replaced or renewed including new carburettors, new battery and radiator. The transmission has been rebuilt and he states there is no noise or movement in the drive train. The chassis and bulkhead are both excellent, the suspension, brakes and all steering parts were also renewed whilst the original body was stripped, new rear wing and door skin fitted and completely repainted.
The practical seat configuration of this iconic car consists of three individual seats in the front and four inwards facing fold away seats in the rear which are equally adept at taking friends to the pub for a pint or transporting livestock should you need. Offered to auction with a V5C registration document, a file containing restoration documents, bills and receipts, MoT test certificate valid until October 2021, this can be considered an appreciating British classic.
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