1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D

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Lot 203
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 47,141) inc. premium
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 25113641D
*Used by HM The Queen during her Silver Jubilee year
*Ex-Ministry of Defence
*Special coachwork by Central Workshops, REME
*Present ownership since 'de-mobbed' in 1983
*Offered from a 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 would characterise the Land Rover to the end. 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 By this time the original permanent four-wheel drive freewheel transmission had been superseded by the more conventional selectable two- or four-wheel drive arrangement, with a set of low ratios available if required with the latter option selected. For the Series IIA the diesel engine was enlarged to 2,286cc and a new 12-seater model introduced on the longer (109") wheelbase chassis.

    Progressively developed since its launch in 1948, the ubiquitous Land Rover would be modified over the decades to serve countless specialist requirements, both civilian and military.

    A 2¼-litre petrol-engined model, this Series IIA Land Rover commenced its service with the Ministry of Defence in 1968, and nine years later conveyed HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip during their tour of Northern Ireland on the occasion of the Queen's Silver Jubilee (photograph available). Previously registered '00 FG 28' (military), the vehicle was purchased at the MoD auction at Ruddington in April 1983. Since then it has formed part of the vendor's private collection and has been serviced while in his care. Running and driving very well, this rare Land Rover variant is offered with its MoD service record and release note.
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1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109" 4x4 Ceremonial Vehicle  Chassis no. 25113641D
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