1969 Land Rover 2a (3.9 V8 auto custom)

Highlights


  • Series IIA body on purpose built galvanised 88 chassis
  • New Exmoor top
  • Very low mileage since extensive restomod

The Appeal


Everyone loves a Series Land Rover, with their iconic rugged looks and classic British heritage, but they often leave a little to be desired in the driving experience. Not this one; the IIA body is mounted on a new customised Land Rover 88 galvanised chassis with the fantastic 3.9l V8 EFi engine and four speed ZF gearbox, upgraded brakes and power steering as well as air assisted suspension, making for a Series Land Rover like no other. Quite possibly the ultimate Land Rover chimera, it's the kind of custom vehicle that will put a smile on anyone's face, especially when they hit the throttle.

The car was professionally built by Land Rover specialist Jack Fielder and has covered very few miles since. In excellent condition throughout (with the appropriate patina inside the IIA shell) and MOT to February this exceptional vehicle is ready to drive away and enjoy.

The History and Paperwork


  • V5 Present
  • MOT to February 2023
  • An Invoice dated 2021 for the purpose built Land Rover 88 coil sprung galvanised chassis with RHD power steering mounts, V8 engine mounts and automatic gearbox mounts 
  • An invoice dated 2021 that includes the following: coil springs all round, new shocks, bump stops all round, engine mounts, full set of spark plugs, Polybushes, HT leads, ignition coil, upper and lower universal steering joints, front callipers with vented discs and lockheed pads, revotec fan kit, reconditioned steering box and a new steering column as well as many other sundry items
  • An invoice dated 2022 that includes a Momo Prototipo steering wheel, lockable battery and the fitting of an air assist system
  • Will be put back on to registration SDP 665H before sale

The Interior


  • Classic utilitarian IIA interior
  • New 13” Momo steering wheel
  • Range Rover Automatic gear selector
  • Cabin heater
  • Original dashboard
  • Insulated panels
  • Interior has an extensive patina befitting of an original Land Rover
  • Front seats and rear benches present well
  • Inside of the Exmoor hood presents perfectly

Hopping up into the cab of this Land Rover there is little apart from the autobox selector lever, Momo steering wheel and an extra dial or two that gives any hint to what lies beneath. All of the interior panels and dashboard shows a healthy patina that’s very fitting for a Land Rover of this age. The front seats and rear benches are all in good condition, the inside of the Exmoor hood presents as new and all of the instruments and heater work as they should.

The Exterior


  • Classic IIA styling
  • New Exmoor hood in excellent condition
  • All five lightweight Wolf wheels present excellently
  • General Grabber tyres all round with lots of tread
  • Port cut into nearside wing for air intake
  • Paintwork in sound condition overall
  • Cages over all of the lights
  • Windows, light lenses and badges all present well
  • Tow hitch
  • Fold out side steps

This Land Rover looks every bit the classic, standard IIA on the outside. With the new Exmoor hood, five very good wheels and cages over all of the lights it very much looks the part. Finished in green with the sand coloured hood it’s as quintessentially Land Rover as they come! 

The bodywork is in good used condition, with the usual bumps and dents one would expect on a  53 year old Land Rover. The green paintwork presents well and the hood, Wolf wheels and tyres are all excellent.

The Mechanics


  • New custom Land Rover 88 Galvanised chassis
  • Range Rover 3.9L V8 Engine and ZF automatic gearbox
  • Power steering
  • Custom stainless steel exhaust
  • Air assisted rear suspension
  • Land Rover Defender axles
  • Land Rover Discovery brake servo with ventilated discs
  • Extensive new parts, including all of the brakes, suspension and steering
  • Starts easily and idles well
  • Sounds fantastic through the custom exhaust
  • It has servo assisted brakes and a purpose built braking system with ventilated discs
  • The owner informs us that it drives superbly accelerating very well, shifting smoothly and braking quickly

The mechanical aspects of this Land Rover present superbly. Having covered very few miles since the extensive restomod and with almost all of the running gear being new, the underside and ancillaries are more like that of a new vehicle straight out of the factory.

Full custom specification by the owner includes power steering, air assisted rear suspension, full custom stainless steel exhaust, Land Rover Discovery brakes, a new galvanised chassis and that fantastic V8, making a car that's ready for anything as well as being ridiculously fun to drive. The engine starts easily on a turn of the key and sounds fantastic through the custom-made stainless steel exhaust system. It idles beautifully with no unwanted noises and the owner reports that it drives exactly as it should.

Summary


With classic Land Rover good looks, but performance no Series Land Rover could ever hope for this one-off is truly something special. The IIA body looks the part and the interior has a healthy patina that perfectly suits the vehicle, however all of the running gear is essentially new as it has covered so few miles.  In superb mechanical condition throughout and with MOT to February it’s ready to jump in and enjoy.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Land Rover
  • Model Series IIA 88
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 25,569 Miles
  • Engine size 2286
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Modbury
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
25 bids
  • RickyLR £27,000 27/11/22
  • andy85 £25,500 27/11/22
  • RickyLR £25,000 27/11/22
  • andy85 £22,000 27/11/22
  • RickyLR £20,000 27/11/22
  • chris-p•••• £17,000 27/11/22
  • RickyLR £16,500 26/11/22
  • hubert-•••• £15,750 26/11/22
  • chris-p•••• £15,500 26/11/22
  • richard•••• £14,750 25/11/22

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