The Series III Land Rover is really coming into its own as a sought-after classic machine. As prices of Series I, II and IIA climb ever higher, the humble Series III with its simple mechanicals and electrics, basic interior and chunky, bolt-together construction make it very appealing as a potential first step into Land Rover ownership. They’re also ideal machines to learn DIY mechanic skills on – and simple to rebuild.
Stepping into a vehicle based on an original design that’s more than half a century old takes some considerable mental adjustment in terms of your expectations. Series Land Rovers are machines, not cars. They need to be driven and controlled; you’re fully engaged in the process, not a passenger in an electronic cocoon.
It’s this greater degree of involvement that lies at the heart of the attraction to Series Land Rovers. Of the three families – Series I, Series II/IIA and Series III – the late SIII provides the most modern experience with servo brakes, anti-burst door locks, dash in front of driver, and best of all, they have a fully synchromesh gearbox – so if
you’re new to the world of classic Land Rovers you won’t embarrass yourself by crunching second gear as you pull away.
Which model is best buy?
A well-preserved and genuine County Station Wagon – they’ll hold their money in future years. 109-inch versions are starting to gain a real retro-cool now.