1961 Land Rover Santana Series II 88”

***Vendor supplied images***


  • Restored bodywork in mechanicals in present ownership
  • Desirable and rare Series II variant, assembled by Santana
  • Powered by the 2286 cc petrol engine which has reportedly been rebuilt

The Appeal

Just about everyone knows the origin story of the Land Rover, although we think the introduction of the Series II in 1958 was an equally important moment in 4x4 history. After a decade of strong sales of the first Land Rover, latterly referred to as the Series I, provided proof of concept for the Rover Car Company, it was the barrel-sided Series II that acted as the blueprint for Land Rover’s core models until the original Defender ceased production in 2016. 
The IIA introduced further updates in 1961, so few Series II Land Rovers were made in comparison with other models. They remain very collectable and here we have a smart 1961 SWB example, assembled by Santana in Spain. We’re informed that it has been restored in present ownership, with repainted bodywork and rebuilt mechanicals, so reportedly drives exactly as it should. Featuring some curious details unique to the Santana models, this is a charming and usable classic Land Rover that would fit in well within any collection.

The History and Paperwork

  • Built by Santana
  • Comprehensively restored in present ownership
  • Registered in Spain
  • The most recent inspection of roadworthiness was carried out in March 2018, during which the seller reports that no warnings or advisory items were noted
  • The odometer indicates 55,000 kilometres although this is not warranted

The Interior

  • Replacement “deluxe” seats fitted up front and all in excellent order
  • The original instruments, switches and controls exhibit a charming patina 
  • The steering wheel has reportedly been replaced
  • There is a mark to the offside rear bench seat, although the nearside item is in fine order
  • No headlining fitted
  • OEM replacement rubber mats fitted in the front footwells
  • Ribbed rubber matting lines the load bay
  • All the bare aluminium and steel surfaces have been repainted to a good standard

The Exterior 

  • Bronze Green paintwork, resprayed in current ownership
  • During the seller’s four-year period of ownership, the car has been stripped to a bare chassis, cleaned, treated and repainted
  • 16” Limestone steel wheels shod with Deestone tyres
  • Curious Santana-specific rear door with separate door top, similar to Series land Rover front doors
  • Safari style roof panel, although with no vents, alpine lights or rear quarter windows as found in original UK-assembled versions
  • Bonnet mounted spare wheel
  • The ‘Birmabright’ alloy bodywork is remarkably straight for its age
  • All the galvanised cappings are in fine order
  • We’re informed that the windscreen frame can squeak a bit when the car is being driven
  • The vendor points out that the nearside front wing is slightly misaligned
  • The bulkhead and chassis both appear in good condition for their age

The Mechanics 

  • 2286 cc four-cylinder petrol engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Selectable low range and four-wheel drive
  • Wer;e informed that the engine was rebuilt
  • Restored wiring loom 
  • Rebuilt carburettor
  • The gearbox, driveline and axles have also been reconditioned according to the vendor
  • Slight oil leak from the rear main crankshaft seal, which is not unusual with Land Rovers of this vintage
  • New exhaust system fabricated and installed
  • Said to be driving well in all gears
  • Passed Spanish technical inspection in March 2018, apparently with no advisories


For those seeking an immensely presentable and mechanically healthy classic Land Rover, this Series II 88” has a lot to offer. As a rare model, it’s sure to attract a great deal of interest amongst Land Rover aficionados and some of the Santana-specific features make it particularly intriguing.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Land Rover
  • Model Series II
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 52,844 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2286
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Jerez de la frontera
  • Country Spain
Bidding history
18 bids
  • pl•••• €14,950 16/06/24
  • ru•••• €14,750 16/06/24
  • pl•••• €14,500 16/06/24
  • pw•••• €14,000 16/06/24
  • pl•••• €13,500 16/06/24
  • pw•••• €13,250 16/06/24
  • pl•••• €12,750 16/06/24
  • ru•••• €12,500 14/06/24
  • pw•••• €12,000 14/06/24
  • ru•••• €11,500 13/06/24

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