LAND ROVER SERIES III ‘LIGHTWEIGHT’
If it’s summer, then I’d like my £5K classic to be open-top, or at least easily convertible. And the option of heading deep into the countryside and not necessarily having to stick to asphalt would be a bonus. That rather points me in the direction of a Land Rover. A proper one too, not something like Calum’s poncey Freelander.
Sadly, older Land Rover prices a bit silly now. However, there is salvation: a Lightweight Land Rover. Built for the British military to fly into troublespots by helicopter, Lightweights are actually heavier than standard models, until you start to unbolt bits. They also have idiosyncratic looks, a little more rakish than an ordinary Series machine, but still distinctively of the Land Rover family. And they look best when a little battered.
Of course, the pace of life will be a little slower, but all the better to enjoy the scenery – whether passing or in it – and I find other drivers generally make allowances for lethargic Landies.