Some ten years after the original’s introduction it was felt that the time had come to update the Land Rover’s somewhat primitive slab-sided styling. The result was the Series II, which featured the more rounded sides that continue to characterise the Land Rover today. Introduced in 1958, the Series II was available with either the 2,286cc petrol engine or the newly developed 2,052cc diesel first seen in 1956 on what became known retrospectively as the ‘Series I’. By this time the original permanent four-wheel drive freewheel transmission had been superseded by the more conventional selectable two- or four-wheel drive arrangement, with a set of low ratios available if required with the latter option selected. The Series II’s arrival also marked the standardisation of only two different wheelbase lengths – 88” and 109” – the Series I’s 107” option being dropped.
This wonderful Ceremonial Land Rover was delivered new in 1962 to the Military- it still remains badged on the door for The Royal Engineers. With the current owner since 1984, the car has formed part of a major Land Rover Dealer Collection. A charming example of what must be the most iconic and versatile British manufactured vehicle, straight from a discerning owner.