1963 Land Rover Series IIA 88" 2.25P - Pastel Green Hard Top
Land Rover Series IIA 88” 2.25P
1963 | 3dr Hard Top | 2.25 Petrol | 4 Speed Manual | Pastel Green with Limestone Roof | ‘Elephant Hide’ Vinyl Seats | Rebuilt
Series IIA ‘Hard Top’ model on original chassis. Original 2.25l 4cyl 3 main bearing petrol engine coupled to 4spd manual transmission. High/Low Range, selectable 4wd. Later ‘Zenith’ style carburettor. 5 x original SWB steel wheels with 7.50x16 tyres. Tow ball and 7-pin electrics. Twin windscreen wipers. Smiths cabin heater.
The Series IIA is considered by many the hardiest Series model constructed, having the same main design as the original Series 1, but improved upon in many areas. It is the type of classic Land Rover that features strongly in the general public's perception of the Land Rover, and the same basic shape was carried right through to the most recent Defender, which only last year ceased production after its long 67 year life span.
This particular Landy is an early example of the Series IIA short wheel base (88”) ‘Hard Top’ model. She was registered on 18th September 1963 and has had only 3 former keepers, one being a large estate in the Wrexham area. The last owner of 25 years completely stripped and rebuilt the vehicle over this time, and has only covered roughly 300 miles since!
The original ‘two and a quatre’ petrol engine starts readily from cold settling into a steady tick over, and is ready and willing on the road, cruising at 50mph happily thanks to the LWB wheel and tyre combination. The brakes pull the vehicle up to a stop nicely and the steering is in good order. All gears select correctly and the low range and four-wheel drive options all work as they should. Uphill or down dale, this Landy is capable of getting you where you need to go.
The Land Rover was rebuilt using its original chassis, which was properly repaired where needed and repainted – It could do with undersealing or repainting to preserve it now, however we left it as to show prospective owners the solid condition, and will require no work other than this. The bulkhead was replaced with a new item sourced from John Craddocks (the receipt from 2004 is present) thus is also rot free. The panel work is very straight with no major creases or dents and the paintwork is presentable, but not concours quality by any means.
The interior is your usual spartan, hose-out affair with three imitation ‘Elephant Hide’ vinyl seats across the front. The flooring has been replaced with nicely fabricated aluminium chequer plating throughout for grip and durability – the rear sections can be removed if you wish. All the electrics work, including the twin wiper motors and Smiths heater… The vehicle is still wired as positive earth, and has retained its dynamo which has just had new bearings fitted.
This proper old Landy would be a great investment that you can use for Land-Rovery things at the same time… Putting muddy dogs in after a days shooting, taking garden waste to the tip or getting to the pub in two foot of snow! If you require additional changes i.e. a full canvas top, rear bench seats, different wheels and tyres etc, these are things we can carry out for you, just get in touch to discuss your needs. Even though the vehicle is tax and MoT exempt, it will be issued with a fresh 12 months on sale. The odometer reads 13,373 however we are unable to verify whether this is correct. Accompanying the vehicle is a history file including many parts receipts and the original Land Rover Series IIA Owner’s Manual.