$28,600 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Beautifully restored example
- Red over a black and red interior
- Fitted with Keeper winch and rear jerrycan
- One of Land Rover’s most legendary early models
It is remarkable how the economic challenges of postwar England gave rise to one of automotive history’s most beloved vehicles, the Land Rover. The Rover company was in dire financial condition following the war, and at best hoped to formulate a stop-gap model to tide it over until a new postwar road model could come to fruition. Maurice Wilks, the brother of Rover managing director Spencer Wilks, had long driven a Willys Jeep, and he conceived the notion of the company undertaking a British-built four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle.
Borrowing liberally from the design of the then-ubiquitous American Jeep, the Land Rover debuted at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. Ironically, due to a postwar shortage in steel, the new model was bodied in aluminum, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio. Ten years later the company introduced the Series II model, which was available in both short- and long-wheelbase chassis, and in 1961 the Series IIA appeared. Virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor, the IIA was available with a new larger diesel engine that allowed the company to improve factory rationalization with respect to its concurrent gasoline engine. The Series IIA soon became known as the archetypal Land Rover, featured in several films and burned into the public consciousness. Admired by enthusiasts to this day, it is believed by many to be the hardiest early Land Rover ever built.
This beautiful Series IIA has been the beneficiary of a restoration years ago, finished in shining red paint and featuring front and rear seats and door panels upholstered in black leather. The cabin floors are lined with protective diamond kickplate guards, and the front end is equipped with a Keeper winch. Also accompanied by a rear-mounted jerrycan, the Land Rover features Jaeger gauges and an aftermarket JVC radio and CD player.
A Royal Automobile Club (RAC) grille badge and British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia windshield sticker leads one to believe that this Land Rover was truly enjoyed by prior ownership. Aesthetically handsome and indubitably rugged, this desirable Land Rover would make a fantastic acquisition for any off-roading enthusiast or collector of important 4x4 vehicles. Whether admired in a private garage or enjoyed on challenging terrain, it is sure to bring a smile to the face of its next caretaker.