1973 LAND ROVER 88 INCH SWB SERIES 3 HARDTOP.
MOT until February 2016.
78,600 miles showing on the odometer.
If you are looking for a Series Land Rover to use and enjoy daily, this must be for you.
Comfortable and quiet to drive, this Land Rover can achieve 30 mpg with the diesel 200 Tdi engine.
200 Tdi ENGINE checked over and fitted with new cambelt. Professionally installed into the vehicle complete with turbocharger, intercooler, Glencoyne anti-vibration engine mounts plus an electric cooling fan.
NEW GEARBOX overhauled by the recognised specialists, Midland Transmissions, at a cost of over £1100 to handle the extra power of the 200 Tdi. All gears, four wheel drive and high and low ranges work as they should. Clutch overhauled with new release bearing.
This Land Rover is comfortable and quiet, and drives extremely well. It has VERY GOOD STEERING which is not heavy and does not wander as it has the correct steering geometry owing to the original size 5 inch wheels being fitted with NEW AVON RANGER ALL-TERRAIN TYRES.
The BRAKES pull up strongly and in a straight line.
Structurally very sound with good bodywork, thanks to a photographic BODY-OFF RESTORATION in 2006. Waxoyled and well-maintained since. Original unspoiled appearance, very attractive with black paintwork as an alternative to the usual colours. Solid chassis, bulkhead, crossmember and floors. The bodywork is not in concours condition and has a few minor blemishes – what old Land Rover hasn’t? – but nothing at all serious.
Great cab INTERIOR with excellent front seats, inertia reel seat belts and stereo AM/FM radio cassette (that’s the white box on the dashboard in the pictures).
Full Wright Off-Road mats and sound insulation installed on the bulkhead, floors and seatbox (see www.wrightoffroad.com) plus an additional heavy rubber acoustic insulation mat on the rear floor.
Halogen headlamp conversion.
Electronic flasher unit.
Towbar (of course!).
Swing-away rear spare wheel carrier with cantilever action which swings automatically with the back door as it is opened.
As this is a 42 year old vehicle you cannot expect it to be perfect, but the only faults of which I am aware are: 1.The fuel and temperature gauges don’t work, which has never concerned me (it has been suggested that this is due to the instrument resistor needing replacement, but I haven’t had time to investigate). 2. There is minor corrosion in the door bottoms which is more cosmetic than anything else. 3. The nearside door mirror is cracked but serviceable. 4. Chipped nearside windscreen but it doesn’t affect the MOT. 5. There is a little constant velocity joint noise on full lock, but my garage says it’s nothing to worry about.
The large and detailed HISTORY FILE includes the photographic record of the restoration, invoices for repairs and maintenance, service records and a Workshop Manual on CD.
HERITAGE CERTIFICATE from British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirming the date of manufacture.
Regretful sale due to change of circumstances. My family will be sad to see it go, especially my wife who loves driving it (unlike many Landy wives, which says a lot for the useability of this particular example).
This probably isn’t the cheapest Land Rover for sale, but it is by far from being the most expensive either. However, it is probably one of the most driveable as a result of having been fully sorted during regular use after the restoration and treated to the sensible upgrades detailed above.
Now for the serious bit: please only bid if you want to buy my Land Rover as the highest bid is a binding contract. The winning bidder to please pay £200 deposit on Paypal immediately after the auction and the balance in cash within seven days of the end of the auction . Collection only please, or arrange your own transport. Thank you.
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