1968 Very original 109" diesel 12-seater Series IIA Station Wagon For Sale

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Almost entirely original: chassis, engine, gearbox, overdrive, bodywork (original marine blue, unfortunately previously resprayed), elephant-hide seats (not fitted but all included), wheels... Only two previous keepers. Used as my "daily" vehicle until this summer, this is a practical, real-world Land-Rover, a wonderfully original, characterful, unassuming and honest vehicle. She starts well and the engine runs solidly, exactly as you’d expect. She drives smoothly, the gearbox is sound (but can jump out of second if engine-braking on a steep descent). The overdrive is quiet. The sound-proofing is effective and has hugely improved the driving experience.

She drives as intended, and will happily tow three tonnes over mountain passes—slowly but steadily, all in high range, making use of split gears with the overdrive. Brakes are good and well-balanced, firm pressure required as expected.

I have thoroughly enjoyed owning and gently improving this vehicle. I’ve used her for monthly supply runs to Inverness—a 200-mile round trip including three mountain passes each way, often with a trailer, as well as for shorter local trips and for walking the dogs. Occasional short forays on land-rover tracks (she is very comfortable pootling along steep and rocky tracks in low range); no off-roading. She cruises most happily at 40–45 mph, and with overdrive will maintain 55–60 mph on the flat. I have driven her an estimated 10, 000 miles since the summer of 2018.

I don’t have covered storage available and the weather here on the coast is brutal: I am reluctantly selling as I don’t want to see her out in the rain and gales, and I now no longer have the time or facilities to maintain the vehicle properly.

Over the past three years I have:
* Removed over sixty feet of household flex, bell-wire and and twin-and-earth amateur wiring (I think a sound system was once fitted...)
* Replaced original twelve elephant-hide seats with five Exmoor Trim Deluxe High-back black leather; driver and passenger seats heated (originals all retained with frames, included in sale)
* Replaced centre front seat with MoD tray and storage tray underneath
* Fitted LED lighting all round (bright and warm white headlights and sidelights, make a huge difference in winter)
* Replaced B pillars and sill frames
* Replaced dynamo with "standard" series 45 amp alternator
* Replaced fuel tank and fuel lines
* Replaced diesel injector
* Replaced fuel pump (old diesel had clogged the pipes and injector)
* Replaced series coil-style glow plugs with parallel bullet-style glow plugs
* Replaced starter solenoid
* Fitted heated windscreens
* Fitted LED reversing lamp
* Replaced exhaust including NOS outlet manifold
* Replaced clutch master cylinder
* Fitted new G90s all round with heavy-duty Michelin tubes
* Fitted new door seals all round
* Sound-proofed cab, bulkhead, tub wheel arches, tub floor and bonnet
* Fitted Wright Off-road mat in cab
* Fitted soundproofed rubber matting in tub
* Fitted hinged toolbox lid in tub
* Fitted D-rings onto front bumper
* Fitted windscreen visor
* Replaced original, damaged instrument panel and added side panels with Lucas toggle switches for
 * Heated seats
 * Heated screens
 * Reversing light
 * Glow plugs
* Added USB power sockets

Features include:
* Original safari roof with four working air vents
* Original hand throttle
* Original Fairey overdrive (operates quietly and reliably)
* Tow hook and electrics
* Original cranking handle on brackets in tub
* Original door cards and trim panels all round (need refurbishment!)
* Original ceilings (intact)
* Original ignition key, matched to door locks
* New 12V battery under passenger seat (forward battery tray is empty)
* Hydraulic jack, wheel chocks

Known issues
* Door tops in poor condition: front and second-row doors need to be restored or replaced in due course
* Tub window runners in poor condition
* Some rust in lower A-pillars
* Rubber treads on fold-down steps need to be replaced
* Rubber seal between tub and topsides needs to be replaced.
* Speedometer (odometer) needs to be repaired (speedo reads a little too fast as odometer is not working...)
* Rear springs: a broken leaf on left gives a characterful list (new replacement springs, shocks and U-bolts included)

Further photos available on request

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