Land Rover Se­ries III

EN­GINE 2286cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 77bhp@4250rpm TORQUE 124lb ft@2500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 69mph 0-60MPH 29sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 15-20mpg TRANS­MIS­SION 4WD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOMETER 116,000 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine’s We­ber car­bu­ret­tor is run­ning rich and idling too high, but per­for­mance is punchy enough on the road. All gear ra­tios se­lect eas­ily enough, but com­ing off the power does re­sult in an oc­ca­sional graunch from be­neath the car. It could be a vi­bra­tion caused by ex­pir­ing gear­box mounts or in­ter­nal trans­mis­sion strife, but it re­quires fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion either way. The re­cent par­a­bolic springs give a slightly less bru­tal ride than the orig­i­nal leaf springs, and the servo-as­sisted brakes are pos­i­tive, though the off­side rear drum was warm af­ter our drive, sug­gest­ing that one of the shoes is rub­bing. The se­lectable four-wheel drive doesn’t ap­pear to be en­gag­ing.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The car has been re­cently re­sprayed to a pass­able stan­dard. Small signs of un­der­ly­ing rough­ness at close range and mi­nor dents along the lower flanks don’t de­tract from the smart over­all im­pres­sion. Tyres are match­ing and well-treaded 235/70 R16 mud ter­rains. The 205/70 all ter­rain spare is mounted on the rear door, which is suf­fer­ing from the strain; cracks and signs of cor­ro­sion mean it should prob­a­bly be re­placed. The rear floor is re­cent, as are the front door tops and sun vi­sor. Cor­ro­sion around the top cor­ners of the bulk­head will re­quire re­pair pan­els within a few win­ters but the orig­i­nal gal­vanised cap­pings and petrol cap cer­tainly work in its favour.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

A few prac­ti­cal ex­tras have been fit­ted, in­clud­ing a dog guard, plas­tic head­lin­ing (which helps to pre­vent con­den­sa­tion), mesh door pock­ets and three ad­di­tional (but dis­con­nected) in­stru­ments. The main in­stru­ments ap­pear to have been re­cently re­fur­bished or re­newed and the op­tional black vinyl door cards are com­ple­mented by rel­a­tively re­cent Deluxe front seats – plus a cen­tre seat in­stead of a cubby box – but the driver’s one has started to split.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Oil is clean, ig­ni­tion com­po­nents ap­pear fairly new and there’s no emul­sion around the ra­di­a­tor cap. Un­der­seal has been ap­plied un­derneath, al­beit hap­haz­ardly, and the rear cross­mem­ber has been re­placed, but there are ar­eas of cor­ro­sion that will re­quire on­go­ing at­ten­tion. The his­tory file shows that most of the car’s newer parts date from a light re­fur­bish­ment in 2014, in­clud­ing 3.5 hours of chas­sis weld­ing (prob­a­bly that rear cross­mem­ber) and a new petrol tank, since when it has cov­ered fewer than 100 miles.

THE CCW VIEW

This late Se­ries Land Rover is ready to be en­joyed, but it will re­quire a lit­tle me­chan­i­cal scru­tiny be­fore long and the new owner should re­mem­ber that the bulk­head and chas­sis are not gal­vanised.

PROS Prac­ti­cal and hand­some, de­sir­able model CONS Will re­quire reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing for cor­ro­sion

BUY IT FROM AMS Ve­hi­cles, Stokesley, North York­shire TS9 7AB 01642 710972, www.ams-ve­hi­cles.co.uk

Cen­tral aux­il­iary in­stru­ments need to be con­nected.

It all looks healthy, but 4WD isn’t en­gag­ing.

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