1979 Land Rover Lightweight


  • Built in 1979, and left military service in 2002
  • Full military history paperwork
  • Comes with both hard and soft tops
  • FFR 24v ignition system
  • Includes extensive mod lights and spare benches

The Appeal

The 1979 Land Rover Lightweight was built to the British Army's spec, intended to be disassembled and transported by their new class of Wessex helicopter, and replacing the venerable Austin Champ. It was an interesting challenge, and delivered in the end only to never particularly require the use of a helicopter. All the same, they were rugged, versatile, and ideal for water and rail transport - so they enjoyed an impressive military service life regardless. 

By the millenium, much of the half-tonner fleet was entering the end of its feasible military life, and was being sold off for private and civilian concerns. With an interesting provenance to each, and those essential LR characteristics all present and correct, they're now a highly desirable off-roader.

This particular vehicle comes with both hard and soft tops, along with a range of spare parts such as a spare differential, tow, and benches.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1979 for Military Service
  • Disposed to Civilian concern in 2002
  • The DVLA records a repaint in 2005
  • The DVLA records 2 previous keepers
  • In current ownership since October 2023
  • Purchased from a family member last autumn
  • Full military history paperwork
  • MOT exempt
  • Currently indicates 2419 miles on a five-figure odometer however, MOT history shows 78520 November 2011. Vendor states that a new odometer was then fitted, with a recorded mileage of 82 miles in November 2012. It is believed that the car has achieved a total of the figures quoted as the present reading, and the one quoted in November 2011. Just over 80,000

The Condition

  • The car comes to us in a working patina
  • Paintwork has dulled with some dents, dings and marks here and there
  • Some corrosion and blistering, commensurate with age
  • Some paint peel to the roof and bumpers
  • Underside is well-worn and carries some corrosion
  • Interior is equally careworn with some chips, marks and corrosion
  • Driver's seat is carrying a new bolster
  • No rips or tears to the upholstery
  • All instruments are clear and legible
  • Original demisters still in situ
  • Comes with hard and soft top
  • Includes spare wheel
  • Includes original driver seat
  • Includes spare tow
  • Includes extensive mod lights
  • Includes spare benches

The Mechanics

  • 2.25L Rover I4 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • FFR 24v ignition system
  • We note signs of an oil leak underneath the car
  • This is fairly standard for a Land Rover of this age
  • Rear chassis has reportedly been renewed
  • Mechanically standard
  • Includes spare differential
  • The vendor reports that it drives well with no reported mechanical issues

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Auction Details
  • Year 1979
  • Make Land Rover
  • Model Lightweight
  • Colour Green
  • Mileage 80,000 Miles
  • Engine size 2250
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Abbeydale and Abbeym…
  • County Gloucestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
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