Ready for Adventure – 1961 Land Rover Series II


Update, May 2017: The Land Rover has been sold to a Sports Car Digest reader. We hope you enjoy it!

1961 Land Rover Series II, 88 LHD

  • Pastel Green/Grey with Soft Top
  • Recent, frame-off restoration
  • Turn-key example; ready to be enjoyed
  • Desirable parabolic springs conversion
  • Contact for pricing

The successor to the successful Land Rover Series I was the Series II, which saw a production run from 1958 to 1961. It came in 88 inch and 109 inch wheelbases (normally referred to as the ‘SWB’ and ‘LWB’). 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. This larger engine produced 72 hp and became the standard Land Rover unit until the mid-1980s when diesel engines became more popular.

The 1961 Land Rover Series II SWB offered here is the recipient of a recent, frame-off restoration. Starting with what is described as a very dry truck, the frame only required the rear crossmember be replaced. The paint work on the body is very nice for these trucks and paint was applied is a urethane, single stage type. Some of the deviations from original include:

  • Rocky Mountain parabolic springs
  • Rocky Mountain all-aluminum door tops
  • Converted to negative ground
  • 3-point, retractable seat belts added for driver/passenger
  • Spin-on style oil filter added (Have original style)

During restoration, the following was carried out:

  • Front axle rebuilt with all new swivel balls, bearings, etc.
  • New, correct, cloth-covered wiring harness added from England
  • Solex carburetor rebuilt
  • Rebuilt generator
  • Rebuilt starter
  • New correct fuel tank and correct fuel sender (Truck has not seen ethanol fuel since restoration)

Engine and transmission are described to be strong and driving the truck confirm this. The truck is described to have good compression, not requiring a rebuild and transmission shifts smoothly.

The truck was previously owned and restored by a Evan Amaya previously of Reborn Company, LLC in North Carolina. Some of his work was featured in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine (see link). Amaya ended up with the truck after a client developed health issues and stalled the restoration. This truck had sat since 1980 when Amaya began the restoration which started early last year (2016).

The truck was stripped and completely repainted during this process, which also included the chassis being sand blasted and treated with POR-15’s Chassis Paint. As mentioned before, Amaya mentioned the truck was a complete and solid starting point that only required minor rust repair. Some of the areas included the rear crossmember and lower right bulkhead. Replacement panels were sourced from Rovers North.

The body is described to have been completely repainted using a urethane, single-stage paint system in the original Pastel Green. New doors were sourced, as originals were in rough condition. The interior floors and undercarriage were refinished using a rubberized finish that is more rugged and generally wears considerably better than the original style. Front bumper, corner pieces and trim normally anodized were powdercoated in a comparable finish, as the restorer didn’t have local vendor for anodized finishes.

This 1961 Land Rover Series II is available for inspection at our climate-controlled garage in Charlotte, North Carolina. To schedule a viewing or to find out more, please Click Here. As always, pre-purchase inspections are strongly encouraged.

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