Series 2 Fire Appliance
This very early Series II manufactured in 1959 has clearly led an easy life and even today has only covered a, believed genuine, 6,600 miles.
Whilst the history is limited, this Land Rover was exported to Ireland when new and, after service, entered a private collection for many years before returning to the UK in 2017 and entering another collection.
Uk registered with full V5C.
It is highly unusual to find a Series II in such original condition, it not only has the rare early SII features, but also the (untested) fire equipment;, engine governor, power take off and Amag pump.
Probably garaged all its life, the original factory paint can still be seen on the engine and some of the chassis and the bulkhead (with early vents) is rust free.
Whilst this 109” appears to run nicely, it has spent most of its life in private collections and has not been used on the road for many years, thus although drivable it is advised a roadworthy inspection before it is driven on a public highway.
As you would expect for such a vehicle, the steering is taught and gearbox feels very precise.
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1970 series 11a
Having had an extensive mechanical refurbishment undertaken 12 months ago, XJB 339H offers the opportunity to enjoy classic Land Rover motoring with the peace of mind that time and cost has been invested in ensuring not only the longevity of the vehicle, but also that she performs as well now, if not better, than she would have when first registered on 1st April 1970.
As a 2¼ quarter petrol SWB Land Rover, this vehicle benefits from the alpine roof (remember the heat of last Summer!) with alpine lights, rear single piece door and deluxe interior headlining whilst maintaining inward facing bench seats which offer greater load carrying capacity. This practical space is further enhanced with the, new, spare tyre being on the deluxe bonnet.
For the majority of her life, XJB resided on a large country estate in Shropshire, ownership passing from Father to Daughter and then, 2019 to me.
She was quickly spotted and snapped up by a gentleman who appreciated the honesty of this “proper” Series IIa. Whilst ongoing maintenance, as all classics require, was naturally going to be required, it was decided to “go to town with its mechanicals” to ensure this lovely vehicle would give the best possible performance and last for many many years to come.
Over five figures were spent (receipts available) on replacing the chassis (galvanised, with removable cross member), brakes and brake pipes, suspension,
Unfortunately, circumstances have changed for this gentleman (the 4th owner) and so, knowing my fondness of XJB, he offered me the opportunity to reacquire her – an opportunity I was pleased to accept in order to now find her her next custodian.
1962 Landrover Series 11a
The overall condition and originality of the this lovely Series IIA Land Rover demonstrate that she has clearly had an easy life and being well cared for by its previous 3 owners over the last 58 years.
Registered in Yorkshire, in May 1962, the first owner part exchanged 548 YFM after two years and 21,000 miles with his local garage, Ribblesdale Motors of Settle.
Having declined a brand new Land Rover a few weeks earlier, this lovely Land Rover was snapped up by Mr Watkinson of Daleford Manor (the caravan site remains in operation today) & used for towing a mower during the summer months, before passing 41 years later to her 3rd custodian in 2005.
To smarter her up, a professional respray was undertaken in 2015, with care being taken to ensure the internal originality and patina was not disturbed (indeed, the original spot welds remain visible, indicating these are still the original panels). Trips to the French Alps were apparently undertaken & thus a Romadrive fitted – which remains today - to ensure the engine wasn’t strained and allow more comfortable cruising.
As can be seen in the photographs, YFM has only covered 61,000 miles in her 58 years, has not been “messed about with” and is unusual in its originality, making it not only ideal as a collectors car, but also very useable as an enjoyable everyday classic with historic road tax.
The original “elephant hide” front seats are in good condition & benefit from front seat belts, original Smiths heater and an original rear bench seat mean YFM is perfect for all the family, whatever the weather!
Being such a special vehicle, a few parts have just been replaced to ensure optimum enjoyment. All four wheels now benefit from brand new tyres and new springs have been fitted to the rear. The carburettor had been replaced at some stage in the past, so a new original one has been fitted, in keeping with the originality of the rest of the vehicle.
The petrol engine is wonderfully quiet and with the soundless overdrive, comfortable original sprung seats (so much nicer than the modern, hard, equivalents) and heater it is a real pleasure to drive this very special, but practical, Land Rover.