1985 Land Rover Series III Lightweight


  • Very original: retaining its Olive Drab military livery and 24-volt electrical system
  • Complete with its military disposal record
  • Replacement canvas tilt in very good condition
  • Desirable petrol-engined variant
  • Presented in very good overall condition
  • Offered with a fresh MOT prior to collection

The Appeal

Commissioned by the British Armed Forces as a replacement for the ageing Austin Champ, the Land Rover Lightweight was to be based aboard Commando Carriers and be carried by Westland Wessex helicopters. To suit this purpose, the Lightweight was designed to be hastily disassembled for transport and easily reassembled in the field.
This Series III example is one of the last Lightweights built, entering military service in February 1985 and serving until September 1993. It remains exceedingly original, retaining 24-volt electrics, the remnants of its radio equipment and a military Olive Drab paint scheme.
Ex-military Lightweights are ever-popular within the Land Rover community, especially those with the 2.25-litre petrol engine fitted. This looks to be a fantastic example and we’re sure it would be welcome at military shows besides fulfilling typical classic Land Rover duties.

The History and Paperwork

  • Entered military service in February 1985 
  • Demobbed in September 1993
  • Military disposal record present
  • UK civilian registered since 14th October 1993
  • Eight registered (civilian) keepers
  • The vendor has offered to carry out an MOT test prior to collection
  • V5C present

The Condition

  • Olive Drab paintwork with a matte finish
  • OEM steel wheels fitted with Deestone off-road tyres
  • Replacement canvas tilt in very good condition
  • The bodywork exhibits some small dents, but no notable damage
  • The chassis appears very solid and clean
  • Radio antenna still fitted
  • No notable wear to the upholstery or controls

The Mechanics 

  • 2.25-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with military-grade ancillaries
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Selectable low-range and four-wheel-drive
  • 24–volt electrics (with two 12-volt batteries)
  • All presents well and looks original under the bonnet
  • We understand that the Land Rover is in good running and driving order

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Land Rover
  • Model Series III
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 66,473 Miles
  • Engine size 2250
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Halsall
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • St•••• £8,001 17/06/24
  • tr•••• £7,400 17/06/24
  • gu•••• £7,100 17/06/24
  • do•••• £7,000 17/06/24
  • tr•••• £6,400 17/06/24
  • do•••• £6,000 17/06/24
  • co•••• £5,600 17/06/24
  • do•••• £5,500 17/06/24
  • Rh•••• £5,250 17/06/24
  • do•••• £5,000 17/06/24
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