1975 Land Rover Series III 88" 2.25P Soft Top - Fully restored beauty!
Land Rover Series III 88” 2.25P
1975 | N Registered | 2dr Regular | 2.25 Petrol | 4 Speed Manual | Marine Blue with Sand Hood | Black Vinyl Interior | Galvanised Chassis | Fully Restored By Leaf Sprung Landies
1975 model on new Richards galvanised chassis. Original specification, 2.25l 4cyl 3 main bearing petrol engine coupled to a 4spd manual transmission. Welded steel wheels in Limestone with 7.50x16 radial Michelin Latitude Cross tyres. Tow ball and 7-pin electrics. Parabolic springs. Exmoor Trim fully removable Sand colour canvas hood and black vinyl Deluxe seats. Front and rear rubber floor mats. All new or refurbished parts, including axle/steering components, brakes, electrics, engine, transmission etc.
The Series III was launched in 1971, and didn’t change a great deal from the Series IIA that preceded 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.
This particular Series III is a fully restored example, and is what we would describe as the closest you can get to a brand new ‘Regular’ short wheel base (88”) from 1975! The original ‘two and a quatre’ petrol engine flicks into life very easily, settling into a steady tick over, and is willing on the road cruising at 50-55mph thanks to its larger LWB 7.50 tyres (an optional size from new). All gears select perfectly and the low range and four-wheel drive options all work as they should, and the brakes pull the vehicle up to a stop nice and straight. On road or off it, the vehicle is very capable and versatile, and rides very comfortably thanks to the only real concession from original specification – parabolic springs.
This example was completely stripped down and restored to what can be described as ‘better than new’ by the renowned Jim Gardner and his team at Leaf Sprung Landies, having only been completed mid 2019… why not beat the waiting list and save money on having one restored! A new Richard’s galvanised chassis was used as the basis, ensuring the vehicle will fend off the dreaded rust for decades to come. This was then painted in chassis black for an original ‘factory’ appearance and for an additional layer of corrosion protection. The bulkhead is believed to be original, but has been restored to a top-level standard. The body work is stunning, with lovely Marine Blue paint with all the lights, door seals etc. are all new. Only the typical ‘production line’ rippling in the aluminium skin is present, and all the body cappings were removed and re-galvanised for a fresh appearance.
Climbing into the cab, the interior is excellent; with new ‘Deluxe’ vinyl seats up front, along with removable rubber floor mats front and rear. All electrical items and instruments work correctly thanks to a new Autosparks wiring loom. Under the passenger seat there is a storage compartment which holds a new bottle jack, and the wheel brace is clipped behind the seats. If you prefer originality over the ease of use, we can source an original type ‘screw’ jack for you, depending upon the availability. The vehicle will come with 12 months MoT, and the odometer reads 79,865 miles however we are unable to verify whether this is correct.
This stunningly restored classic Land Rover would make a fantastic investment, that can also be used and enjoyed; whether it be collecting bags of compost for the garden to hood-off trips to the beach or the local classic car show next summer. If you require bench seats in the back for extra seating, different colour hood, SWB wheels and tyres or any other changes, do get in touch as these are things we may be able to sort for you.
This vehicle is for sale on behalf of a client; therefore, we are unable to offer our own warranty on this vehicle.