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Land Rover Series III

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Land Rover Series 3 88” County Station Wagon 1982

A Rare Opportunity to Acquire an Exceptionally Original, Unmolested & Very Desirable 1982 Series III Land Rover 88" Short Wheel Base Genuine County Station Wagon.


Just 68,000 miles from new. First registered 18th November 1982.

Unique in such original condition and we think this is one of the lowest mileage best original un-restored county station wagon examples available.

Retaining all of its original panels and much of its original paint.

To find an unmolested example has become very hard, but to find one that has only covered sixty-eight thousand miles, retains all of its original panels, its original chassis, engine, gearbox, interior and most of its original factory paint finish well that's unheard of..............


BODYWORK

The body and paint finish is 100% original, and way above the average 36-year-old Series III Land Rover. However, this vehicle is not your average series III Land Rover, it is extraordinary.

It has benefited from a light polish and wax on all panels.

The wheels are finished in Limestone, which is factory correct for a 1982 Land Rover in Pastel Green.

The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and original, in fact as good as we have ever seen.

It retains its original rear cross member which has never been welded. The underside has not been covered in under seal but preserved in new clean oil, you can still see the factory overspray under the wings and rear body this is exactly how they left the factory. No welding is required anywhere on this vehicle and it is ready to go.

The spare wheel is currently stored behind the seat bulkhead with the original bracket.

A few marks have been touched in with a touch up brush over the years but nothing considerably noticeable that requires attention.

The station wagon roof is in excellent condition and has no dents or scratches and is still in its original paint where you are able to see the original spot welds through the paint.

The vehicle still retains all its original headlights, lenses for indicators, side lights and brake lights which is nice to see as these items are now obsolete.


INTERIOR

Exemplary - by far the best original Land Rover Series III it still has its original Land Rover fitted floor mats.

The original factory fitted cloth front seat backs are in good condition as are the bases except for a small tear on the middle seat base, they have never been replaced and are the originals too the vehicle these are of much better quality than replacements that are now available. They are also noticeable more comfortable.

Door cards to the front doors are original factory items and are complete, even the arm rests are in great condition. Sun visors that are perfect. It still retains all its original triplex glass in the windscreen, door tops and hardtop.

Unique in such original condition and we think this is one of the lowest mileage best original un-restored 1982 examples available. Retaining all of its original panels and much of its original paint.

A very rare find indeed and one unlikely ever to be repeated - truly remarkable!

To find an unmolested example has become very hard, only covered sixty-eight thousand miles, retains all of its original panels, its original chassis, engine, gearbox, interior and even most of its original factory paint finish well that's unheard of..............

The dash is unmarked with no cracks or sun damage.

A Radio has been fitted with speakers which have all been done in a period fashion and suit the vehicle well. The rest of the dashboard had been left unmolested. All windows open, all the window channels are good and because the vehicle has been kept under cover not rusted away as so often is the case.

The load area is exceptionally clean and doesn't show any sights of heavy use, the rear bench seats are also original and in the matching grey cloth.


UNDER THE BONNET

One of the best original engine bays we have seen on a Series 3, extremely clean with original stickers still in place.
Original paint to engine block which has the later 5 bearing crank and so is a very smooth and powerful engine.


ON THE ROAD

The factory fitted engine busts into life on the turn of the key. It is apparent that this is a vehicle that has been maintained and covered low mileage it runs as quiet and smooth as any Series Land Rover that we have ever had, and for a diesel is a remarkable good starter that doesn't smoke at all.

A joy to drive and such fun, the vehicle will be supplied with a 12-month MOT with no advisories. Four-wheel drive and low range engage, as they should. The gears change up and down as they should it has a very quiet gearbox which is a good sign of its light use over the years. It is also complete with Fairey Free Wheeling Hubs and a Fairey overdrive which all function correctly and improves the fuel consumption and drivability.

Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place.

The steering is as it should be and the vehicle doesn't wonder on the road like some series vehicles do.

All the tyres have good tread including the spare it is fitted with road tyres as this suits the county and gives an improved ride.


SUMMARY

This is an unmolested and original Series 3 County Station Wagon in immaculate original condition. All the numbers match - the chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself. The engine number also matches that recorded on the logbook.

This is one of the best low mileage and original untouched Series 3 we have ever had the opportunity to own. In one of the most fantastic colour combinations of pastel green with limestone wheels and roof.

This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners. There are mots dating back to 1992 when the vehicle had only covered 32,422 miles right the way through to last year’s mot. There are also lots of invoices present for parts and maintenance work that has been carried out on the vehicle over the years.

It is very solid example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.

It retains its original chassis, still displays the V.I.N clearly stamped on it by the factory.

If you are an investor you will already know the growing importance of original un-messed with condition for classic cars. You will also know that Land Rover never used galvanised chassis for production of Series vehicles - so one that's been fitted with one cannot by any stretch claim to be original and un-messed with. If you are an enthusiast, then you will not be disappointed with this vehicle as it is perfect in almost every detail and is exactly as it left the factory 36 years ago.

This is a very honest 36-year-old Series Land Rover.

What you see is what you get. Please do not expect absolutely pristine as the vehicle is 36 years old. However, you will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle.

If you have been looking for the very best of the best when it comes to original condition un-restored Land Rover Series 3's then this is the right vehicle for you as it's the more desirable short wheel base meld which is a lot more practical easier to park, store, drive etc.


VALUE

Low mileage, history, condition, and originality will contribute greatly to the value of any classic. Anybody can restore a Land Rover to a certain standard however you can't make anymore-original low mileage vehicles and so for that reason these vehicles are becoming increasingly harder to find and so any opportunity to buy one shouldn't be missed.

Opportunities to purchase a genuine county station wagon don't often come up so please don't miss this one.

We sold this vehicle over 18 months ago to a lady from Oxfordshire and due to unforeseen circumstances she has had to reluctantly part with the vehicle. We were delighted with the opportunity to sell ROL again knowing how good the vehicle is.

key Facts

  • Ad ID
    171743
  • Ad type
    For sale
  • Category
    Land Rover > Series III
  • Vehicle sub type
    Estate
  • Colour
    Green
  • Registration no.
    ROL933Y
  • Drivetrain
    Four-wheel drive
  • Fuel type
    Diesel
  • Gear type
    Manual
  • Year
    1982
  • Mileage
    69500 mi
  • MOT expiry
    Aug 2017
  • Doors
    3
  • Seats
    7
  • Engine Size
    2.3
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