1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4  Chassis no. 27100370A

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Lot 88
1963 Land Rover Series II 4x4

Sold for £ 12,880 (US$ 17,812) inc. premium
1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4
Registration no. HFO 364
Chassis no. 27100370A
*Petrol engine
*Unleaded conversion
*Overdrive fitted
*From an important private collection

Footnotes

  • Inspired by the US Army's wartime 'Jeep', developed in haste and intended for short-term, small-scale production, the Land Rover would defy its creators' initial scepticism. Rover bosses the Wilks brothers saw the need for a tough, four-wheel-drive, utility vehicle to serve the needs of the agricultural community in the immediate post-war years, but the Land Rover's runaway success took the company by surprise. The necessity of using corrosion resistant aluminium panels at a time of severe steel shortage turned into a positive virtue in the Land Rover's sphere of operations, and the use of existing components - including the P3 saloon's engine - kept production costs down and cut development time.

    Some ten years after the original's introduction it was felt that the time had come to update the Land Rover's somewhat primitive slab-sided styling. The result was the Series II, which featured the more rounded sides that continue to characterise the Land Rover today. Introduced in 1958, the Series II was available with either the 2,286cc petrol engine or the newly developed 2,052cc diesel first seen in 1956 on what became known retrospectively as the 'Series I'. By this time the original permanent four-wheel drive freewheel transmission had been superseded by the more conventional selectable two- or four-wheel drive arrangement, with a set of low ratios available if required with the latter option selected. The Series II's arrival also marked the standardisation of only two different wheelbase lengths - 88" and 109" - the Series I's 107" option being dropped. The chief development on the Series IIA was a much improved diesel engine.

    This Series IIA Land Rover on the 88" wheelbase has the 2,286cc petrol engine, which benefits from an 'unleaded' conversion, though it is not known whether or not it is original to the vehicle. The vehicle has been treated to a full repaint in correct Land Rover Mid Grey by Halo Land Rover, and further benefits from conversion to alternator electrics. It also boasts the considerable convenience of an overdrive for lower fuel consumption and more relaxed cruising. Original road wheels are fitted, and shod with appropriate tyres. Purchased at auction in 2011, 'HFO 364' has formed part of an important private collection since then; well maintained and ready to use, it is offered with current MoT and a V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that from the chassis number on the vehicle we can confirm the Land Rover is the 370th Series IIA produced and dates from 1962.
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1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4  Chassis no. 27100370A
1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4  Chassis no. 27100370A
1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4  Chassis no. 27100370A
1961 Land Rover Series IIA 4x4  Chassis no. 27100370A
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