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
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.
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.