The successor to the successful Series I was the Series II, which saw a production run from 1958 to 1961. It came in 88 in (2,200 mm) and 109 in (2,800 mm) wheelbases. This was the first Land Rover to receive the attention of Rover’s styling department- Chief Stylist David Bache produced the familiar ‘barrel side’ waistline to cover the vehicle’s wider track and the improved design of the truck cab variant, introducing the curved side windows and rounded roof still used on current Land Rovers. The Series II was the first vehicle to use the well-known 2.25-litre petrol engine, although the first 1,500 or so short wheelbase (SWB) models retained the 52 hp (39 kW) 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Series I. This larger petrol engine produced 72 hp (54 kW) and was closely related to the 2.0-litre diesel unit still in use. This engine became the standard Land Rover unit until the mid-1980s when diesel engines became more popular.
First registered on the 24th August 1961, it was delivered new to James Haywood Creswell of Watford before passing on to its second owner in Hertfordshire before being acquired by the late Malcolm Saul in 1963 who became the third and present owner until his death in 2015. Throughout his ownership of some 52 years, the Land Rover had been fully maintained with a large file of papers to substantiate ownership history.
The vendors describe the paint and engine to be in good condition with the black interior as being entirely original. A highly usable and charming Land Rover with lovely ownership history, this rare and highly collectable Series II 109 would be equally at home pressed into service on a country estate or simply preserved in a collection. Not be mistaken for the more common Series IIA, this model was only made for 3 years and to find one in such condition is a rare treat indeed. Offered at No Reserve.