Lovely Landy – 1966 Land Rover Series IIA SWB

1966 Land Rover Series IIA SWB

Update, August 3rd, 2015:  The 1966 Series IIA has found a new home with a Sports Car Digest reader in Tennessee.  Enjoy!

When it comes to design, there’s something to be said for a well-executed product that simply does the job as intended. High on function, purpose-built and lacking frills; there used to be plenty of vehicles available to the public that enjoyed these qualities, particularly of the off-road variety. Somewhere along the line, we became more concerned with filling our utilitarian vehicles with faux wood, high-end audio equipment and heated steering wheels. While many of today’s sport-utility vehicles are plenty capable for most people’s needs, they simply lack a clear direction like the early Jeeps, Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers of yesteryear.

With enough charm to warm even the coldest of hearts, we’re offering a 1966 Land Rover Series IIA Short Wheelbase from a long-time reader that has owned the Landy for 15 years. He explains that he’s only ever used it for on-road use, where it’s certain to draw plenty of attention.

Rough around the edges, this Land Rover has been kept in good running order and subtly upgraded for regular use. It’s certainly not been “Q-tipped”, but it did recently enjoy a second place award at the local British Motorcar Festival in Rhode Island.

Chassis 318016680 is dressed in a classic Green on Ivory exterior color combination and features a deluxe bonnet and safari roof. A desirable Series IIA model, this Landy features the much-loved inboard headlamps, but the more robust mechanicals than the Series II it succeeded. Inside this Series IIA there is an obvious exercise of minimalism in effect. Its Gray leather upholstery up front with recent “Elephant hide” rear upholstery are about the only nods to comfort. The interior shows just how we’d want our Land Rover to show — not ratty, but purposeful.

The seller’s technician describes some more details about the Land Rover below:

Overall the truck is in good condition. It is one of the sweetest driving Series IIA Rovers that I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. This truck features the very desirable R380 5-speed transmission and it has recently had the fuel tank replaced with a new one and engine re-sealed, to include the rear main seal.

1966 Land Rover Series IIA SWB
Chassis: 318016680

Below are some details of some of the work completed to the truck during his ownership:

  • 88″ Galvanized chassis fitted by marque specialist ECR (East Coast Rover)
  • Coil spring suspension and disc brake conversion carried out by ECR
  • MoD (Ministry of Defense) specification, 4-cylinder gasoline engine, rebuilt with electronic ignition
  • R380 Range Rover 5-speed transmission fitted and recent clutch replacement
  • Stainless-steel exhaust recently added
  • Fuel tank recently replaced

We love the primitive nature of the earlier Defenders, and the Series IIA are considered by many to be some of the most durable vehicles Land Rover ever built. There’s a reason these trucks can be seen in many of the most remote places in the world, and we think they’re simply off-the-scales cool.

This 1966 Land Rover Series IIA SWB is available for immediate inspection. For questions to schedule an appointment to visit the Land Rover at its Vermont home, please Click Here.

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