The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 116
1969 Land Rover Series IIA SWB

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1969 Land Rover Series IIA SWB

CHASSIS NO: 24436601G

• 1 of just 1,222 exported to North America for 1969
• Regarded the best early Land Rover variant
• Solid “garage find” to recommission or restore
• Equipped with hardtop, tow bar, Warn winch

2,286 cc inline four-cylinder engine, 72 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel-drive, live front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 88”

Launched at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, the Land Rover was Britain’s innovative alternative to the thousands of surplus American-built military Jeeps remaining after WW II – one that offered the ability to pull farm implements as well as provide on- and off-road transportation. Built with durability in mind and the agility offered by a short 80-inch wheelbase length, the Land Rover was a rock-solid machine that almost immediately assumed legendary status for its uncanny ability to travel virtually anywhere. Typical of British manufacturers of the austere postwar era, Land Rovers were soon exported to America, first shown here at the April 1950 British Automobile and Motorcycle Show. Land Rovers were carefully developed and progressed through several variations, with the wheelbase lengthened to 86 inches in Autumn 1953 and then in 1956, a longer 107-inch wheelbase model was developed.

The first Land Rovers were retrospectively known as ‘Series I’ when the ‘Series II’ Land Rover was released for 1958, which amounted to a substantial improvement over its predecessors in most every respect. Essentially, Series II was a larger vehicle with a more powerful engine, additional storage room and somewhat improved creature comforts. It was no surprise then, that by November 1959, the 250,000th Land Rover left the assembly line. It was also during this timeframe that Land Rover’s enviable reputation for being the ultimate in off-road machines was firmly established, a point driven home by widespread military use by the Royal Army and many other countries. Series II continued through 1961, when the updated Series IIA models arrived for 1961. While virtually impossible to distinguish from its predecessor, the Series IIA models continue to be coveted as the most rugged and recognized expressions of the original Land Rover concept.

Riding the “short” 88-inch wheelbase chassis, this “garage find” 1969 Land Rover Series IIA is a highly original and complete-appearing example with 43,637 indicated miles at the time of cataloguing. According to marque authorities, it is one of only 1,222 Land Rovers – all Series IIA models – exported to North America for 1969. Desirable additional features include a tow bar, Warn winch and removable hardtop. As offered, it is a well-preserved and highly original example of what many enthusiasts consider the finest and most collectible Land Rover model produced. Preserve and mechanically recommission it or restore it – the choice is entirely yours.

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