1975 Land Rover Series III SWB Petrol 6 Seat Safari Roof O/drive 43k Miles New MOT
1975 Land Rover Series III SWB Petrol 6 Seat Safari Roof O/drive 43k miles New MOT
For sale is a 1975 Series III Land Rover 88” SWB 2.25 Petrol 6 Seater ‘County’ Spec Station Wagon with an original Safari Roof. The car has a Fairey Overdrive and Freewheel Hubs, and was first registered in the UK on March 14th, 1975, with a BMI Heritage Certificate build date of January 27th, 1975. It was supplied by RH Collier & Co of Birmingham and has done just under 70,000 km. The car has an excellent engine and is a first-time starter. It also has a new MOT that expires in December 2023, and the chassis and bulkhead are in very good original condition.
Recently, a new fuel tank was fitted, and the chassis was cleaned and painted. The car has its original 16” wheels with good tyres, a rear door-mounted spare with a cover, sidebars, a rear step towbar, and electrics. The paintwork needs minor attention on the bonnet. The car is a rare spec classic model and is MOT exempt due to its historic status, although a new MOT was obtained for safety purposes.
The car can be viewed anytime by appointment and is conveniently located on the east side of Bristol. Delivery can also be arranged at an additional cost. Additionally, a recon Series 3 engine, gearbox, and transfer box are available for separate negotiation.
The Series III is the most common series vehicle, with 440,000 of the type built from 1971 to 1985. The headlights were moved to the wings on late production IIA models from 1968/9 onward, and remained in this position for the series III. The traditional metal grille was replaced with a plastic one for the series-III model. The 2.25-litre engine had its compression raised from 7:1 to 8:1, increasing the power slightly, and during the series-III production run from 1971 until 1985, the 1,000,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line in 1976.
The series III saw many changes in the later part of its life as Land Rover updated the design to meet increased competition. This was the first model to feature synchromesh on all four gears, and the simple metal dashboard of earlier models was redesigned to accept a new molded plastic dash. The instrument cluster, which was previously centrally located, was moved to the driver’s side. Long-wheelbase series-III vehicles had the Salisbury rear axle as standard. In 1980, the 2.25-litre petrol and diesel engines received five main bearing crankshafts to increase rigidity, and the transmission, axles, and wheel hubs were strengthened.
New trim options were introduced to make the interior more comfortable if the buyer so wished, and these changes culminated in April 1982 with the introduction of the “County” spec. Station Wagon Land Rovers, available in both 88-inch and 109-inch types. These had all-new cloth seats from the Leyland T-45 Lorry, soundproofing kits, tinted glass, and other “soft” options designed to appeal to the leisure owner/user.
Listing expires: 23-03-2023