1978 Land Rover Series III 109" GS 2.25P - Versatile fun!
Land Rover Series III 109” GS 2.25P
1978 | Q Registered | 2dr Soft Top ‘GS’ | 2.25 Petrol | 4 Speed Manual | Gloss MoD Green with Sand Hood | Freewheeling Hubs
1978 Ex-MoD ‘General Service’ model on an original, heavy duty ‘Combat’ chassis. 4cyl 3 main bearing petrol engine, coupled to a 4spd manual transmission. 5x steel wheels with 7.50x16 radial Avon Rangemaster tyres. Hi/Lo ranges, selectable 4wd. Freewheeling hubs. Adjustable height tow bar and 7-pin electrics. 3 vinyl front seats and front floor mats. Side-hinged tailgate. Gloss NATO/khaki green paint. Full length removable ‘Sand’ colour canvas hood. Comes with jack, wheelbrace, history file including Heritage Certificate proving date of manufacture, and 12 months MoT upon sale.
The Series III was launched in 1971, and didn’t change a great deal from the Series IIA that preceded it. Upgrades from the Series IIA included a full synchromesh gearbox, new dashboard with integral heater and instrument cluster and radiator grille, and a much stronger Salisbury rear axle for LWB models. The British Military versions had a few differences from civilian specification; the ‘front line’ 109”s had the heavy-duty chassis which included longer spring hangers and 1-ton springs for a greater load carrying capacity.
This particular example was built in April 1978 and was immediately dispatched to the Central Army Vehicle Depot, Ashchurch in that same month, registered as 89-AM-20. It’s MoD service life was relatively short-lived, being disposed of in 1984 and was registered under it’s current ‘Q’ plate (common for ex-gov’t vehicles up until fairly recently) in October that year. It has had 5 previous keepers in that time and the current keeper has given the vehicle a light restoration in recent years to get it back up to standard. Thousands have been spent on parts with local specialist Salop 4x4 (documented), and a new paintjob in a gloss version of the traditional NATO green has smartened it up no-end whilst making it a little bit more civilian-like.
Jumping in the driver’s seat and flicking the key, the ‘two and a quarter’ petrol fires up straight away settling down to a steady tick over. It pulls very well on the road, all gears select correctly and the low range and four-wheel drive work as they should. It will pull up to a stop well, and the steering has no untoward wander or play. Since the vehicle is sat on the original type ‘One Ton’ type springs, the ride is very firm when empty, as it is meant for carrying loads and towing - so if you were intending to use the vehicle regularly unladen, a change of spring to the civilian type (or parabolics) may be beneficial.
Underneath, the chassis is very solid having had a few patches welded in to a good standard, and the bulkhead is in very good order with no welding present. The body work is good and straight with very good paintwork. The full length canvas hood is in good order and can be fully removed in the summer months if you so wish! There is also a civilian adjustable tow bar with 7-pin electrics mounted on the military crossmember, and the rear tailgate is side hinged like a door for easier access into the rear. The interior is very tidy; with good black vinyl front seats 3-abreast (the outer two have inertia seatbelts), and there is plenty of space in the rear to add bench seats if you want to carry more people – We can supply and fit these if you so desire. The odometer reads 58,501 miles but we cannot warrant this to be correct. The vehicle will come with a fresh 12 months MoT upon sale, however the vehicle is tax and MoT exempt.
This versatile old Land Rover would make a fantastic investment that can be used, enjoyed and cherished; ideal for those weekend trips to the beach, camping trips in the countryside, fishing or shooting, or even to put to work collecting logs in winter… work or play (or both!), it’s ready to go!