1982 Land Rover Series III 88" 2.25D Hard Top - Classic Farmer's Friend!
Land Rover Series III 88” 2.25D
1982 | X Registered | 2.25 Diesel (5MB) | 4 Speed Manual | Marine Blue with Limestone Hard Top | Excellent Chassis | MOT’d until 24th May 2020
1982 model. Original spec. ‘2.3l’ 4cyl 5 main bearing diesel engine, coupled to a 4spd manual transmission with Hi/Lo 4wd transfer case. Servo assisted brakes. LWB steel wheels with 7.50R16 radial Good Year military tyres. Deluxe vinyl seats with outer seat belts, plus many new parts during recommissioning. MoT until 24th May 2020.
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, and later in 1980, two speed wipers, fog lamp, strengthened axles and wheel hubs and an updated, steering damper, 5 main bearing higher compression engine for a small increase in power.
This particular model is your usual Marine Blue ‘Hard Top’ short wheel base (88”) model with limestone wheels and roof panels. The vehicle had been laid up for many years, and has recently been recommissioned by the previous owner. It fires up from cold after a few seconds on the glow plugs, with a little bit of typical indirect-injection diesel grey smoke until warm, and pulls well settling down at a cruising speed of 45-50mph. The gearbox works well, along with the low range and four-wheel drive as they should, and the all-round drum brakes pull the vehicle up to a stop fine. On road or off it, the vehicle is capable and could put in a day’s work if asked to!
The vehicle is believed to be almost original; parts of the chassis have been replaced in the past to a high standard along with a new ‘chassis black’ paint job making for a very sound chassis that won’t need attention in the near future if looked after. The bulkhead is good, with only a small bit of a corrosion on the right hand top corner plus the driver’s side door frame – we felt it didn’t warrant repairing and wouldn’t get any worse if kept in a dry environment, but it could be repaired if you desire to use it during the damper winter months. The body work is good and straight, with lovely, time-worn patinaed paintwork. The interior is good, with three new Deluxe seats and a good dashboard, with all electrical items working. The odometer reads 80,688 but we cannot verify this to be original or not.
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. If you require any add-ons such as rear bench seats, tow bar, etcetera, these can be easily bolted on.