Se­ries III

LRO (UK) - - Buying Bargain Land Rovers -

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.

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