Some ten years after the original Land Rover’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 By this time the original permanent four-wheel drive freewheel transmission had been superseded by the more conventional selectable two- or four-wheel drive arrangement, with a set of low ratios available if required with the latter option selected. For the Series IIA the diesel engine was enlarged to 2,286cc and a new 12-seater model introduced on the longer (109”) wheelbase chassis.
Ruggedly built and simple in construction, the Land Rover proved capable of surviving in countries where conditions were primitive to say the least, a virtue that helped contribute to its worldwide acceptance. Indeed, it is estimated that two-thirds of all Land Rovers ever produced are still in existence today. In the course of more than 60 years in production the supremely versatile Land Rover has proved itself adaptable to innumerable civilian and military roles, and when the company announced that it would end production of the traditional Defender model in December 2015, the news was greeted with dismay. Meanwhile, owners of existing Land Rovers are able to reflect on the fact that they own what is surely an appreciating asset.
This delightful Series II Land Rover is offered in an all-round good condition and has been well maintained by its current owner following an extensive earlier restoration. Presented in blue with a black interior, this Land Rover has an interesting history having featured in the hit ITV show ‘Heartbeat’, as well as several magazines and calendars. For the true TV soap fan, the car is even signed by the cast! This car was subsequently part of the Beaulieu Motor Museum collection and the current vendor informs us that it is regularly sought after for motor shoots. The car comes with a large history file detailing work carried out and information regarding the various features in which it has starred. A lovely Series II that is ready to be put to work on the classic car circuit or enjoyed in private.