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Lot: 386
1977 Land Rover Series III SWB Station Wagon

Registration No. RHV 937R
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Estimate: £2500-£3500

The Series III Land Rover was the final development of the 'Series' vehicles, and was also the most common, with some 440,000 being produced between 1971-1985. They were cosmetically very similar to the proceeding IIA model, with headlights in the front wings and a plastic grille for safety reasons. The dashboard was now moulded with the instrument cluster in front of the driver. The 2.25 litre petrol engine, as here, had its compression ratio raised from 7.1 to 8.1, thus slightly increasing power, and all models had synchromesh gearboxes.

The short wheelbase 88 inch Station Wagon was always a rare and expensive model, and remarkably few seemed to have survived. This example is in sound condition and has a current MoT certificate. Currently Sorned, it should be free to tax on renewal.

The vehicle is amazingly original and unmolested, which is quite unusual, as 40 year old Land Rovers have usually had hard lives, and have been extensively modified. The vehicle does not appear to be suffering from serious chassis rust, as many do, and it drives very nicely. The specification is high, including the insulated Safari roof and de-luxe heater and trim options, making it a very expensive 7-seater vehicle when new. The cream and grey paintwork is thought to be original.

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