1969 Land Rover Series IIA / III 88"

Make: Land Rover
Model: Series IIA / III 88"
Year: 1969
Registration Number: MTL 153G
Chassis Number: 27110636F
Engine Number: 23763221
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Guide Price: £8000 - 9000
Road Tax Exempt

MTL 153G was built at Solihull and first registered on 18 February 1969 in Lincolnshire. It was a Series IIA short wheel base 2.25 litre diesel model, chassis number 27110636F.

DVLA records show that it passed its final MOT on 12 May 2006, with a mileage reading of 89,506 miles. The vehicle was subsequently purchased on October 2010 by the previous owner for the purposes of restoration.  The original chassis was repaired with a new rear cross-member, two outriggers and front spring hanger. The petrol engine and body parts of a donor vehicle were acquired - a 1972 Derbyshire registered Series 3, YRB 816L.

The current custodian purchased the vehicle as a part-finished project, comprising the completed running chassis with rebuilt petrol engine and the remaining unrestored donor vehicle parts.  This was the subject of a nut and bolt rebuild using the original parts where possible. The bulkhead was professionally renovated by the Unicorn Motor Company, who also Waxoyled the chassis box sections.  The rear tub cross-members were rotten and were renewed.  The front and rear floor panels were replaced with new aluminium five bar treadplates.

The opportunity was taken to upgrade the braking system, using dual circuit lines and a servo and converting the front brakes from a 10” single leading shoe set-up to the 11” twin leading shoe configuration found in later models.

The engine is a 3-bearing 8:1 compression military unit, originally in army green but now painted red.  The engine ID plate records an earlier army overhaul in October 1976 at workshop EC02, which is apparently a REME designation, the EC originating from the wartime Eastern Command. The mounting bracket on the front of the engine intended for a power steering unit confirms this military origin.

Upon completion it was taken to Land Rover specialist O&O Engineering for a safety check. The timing and tracking were adjusted and an inline petrol filter fitted. The only item found not to meet MOT standards, and that purchasers should be aware of, is that the front side lights go out when the headlamps are on.  Also to note is that the choke warning switch is faulty, and its warning light stays on when the engine is warmed up.

The vehicle has not been subject to an overall re-paint, and while mechanically sound it largely maintains the original patina and imperfections of its age.

The rebuild was documented at every stage and the purchaser will receive an illustrated book later if wished. The supplied history file includes the V5C registration certificate, an original owner’s manual, invoices and a letter from Land Rover confirming the build date.