1983 Land Rover Series III 88" 2.25P Hard Top - Tidy little Hard Top
Land Rover Series III 88” 2.25P
1983 | Y Registered | 2.25 Petrol (5MB) | 4 Speed Manual | Freewheeling Hubs | Marine Blue with Limestone Hard Top | MOT’d until 5th February 2021
1983 model. Original, late 2.25l 4cyl 5 main bearing engine with Zenith-type carb, coupled to a 4spd manual transmission. Electronic ignition. Parabolic springs all round, servo assisted brakes. LWB steel wheels with 235/85/R16 General radial tyres. Sensible upgrades also include freewheeling hubs, inertia reel seat belts, cubby box, halogen headlights, and rear work lamp.
The Series III was launched in 1971, and didn’t change a great deal from the Series IIA that preceeded it. It is still the type of classic Land Rover that features strongly in the general public's perception of the Land Rover, and its shape was carried right through from the Series II to the most recent Defender, which only this year has ceased production after its long 67 year life span. Upgrades from the Series IIA included a full synchromesh gearbox, new dashboard with integral heater and instrument cluster and radiator grille, and later in 1980, two speed wipers, fog lamp, strengthened axles and wheel hubs, steering damper, plus the 5 main bearing higher compression engine for a small increase in power.
This particular model is your usual ‘Farmers Friend’, a Marine Blue ‘Hard Top’ short wheel base (88”) model with limestone wheels and roof panels. The ‘Two and a Quarter’ petrol fires up easily and is ready and willing on the road, cruising at 50-55mph happily thanks to its tall radial tyres. The transmission works well having received a recent overhaul by Hallbeck Engineering (receipt present), with the low range and four wheel drive all work as they should. Many other new parts have been fitted including rear diff, both prop shafts, exhaust manifold, carburettor, water pump and fan just to name a few. On road or off it, the vehicle is very capable and comfortable for a Series Landy.
The vehicle is believed to be almost original; with parts of the chassis having been replaced in the past including the rear cross member and outriggers, but is very solid and sound. The bulkhead is excellent, the footwells have been replaced but done to a good standard. The body work is good, with a lovely, time-worn patina and the odd knock/dent in the front wings. The interior is reasonable, with a carpeted rear load space, grey cloth seats (the driver’s side is torn on the edge of the base), cubby box and rubber floor mats.
Do be aware that the Landy has a historical category ‘C’ insurance ‘write off’ against it from 22nd December 2008. We suspect this was a rear-end shunt; hence the new rear cross member (which typically would need replacement anyway!). Around this time, these vehicles were under-appreciated thus were not worth as much as they are today, hence it would have been uneconomical to fit a new crossmember… Unthinkable today! Apart from this, there is no other evidence of other damage, and the vehicle drives as it should. The vehicle has a long, clean MoT until 5th February 2021. The odometer reads 70,199 but we cannot verify this.
This honest old Land Rover would make a great investment that can be used, enjoyed and cherished, ideal for those runs down the pub on a summers evening or even carrying a shooting party around the woods in winter! … or many other things for that matter, these vehicles are extremely versatile. We can also make changes to the vehicle if required, such as a canvas hood, rear bench seats, tow bar etc. Do get in touch if you would like to arrange a viewing.