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Series 3 Land Rovers

The Series 3 Land Rover® began production in 1972. It retained much of the Series 2, with some "improvements" in various areas. Most noticeable, was a new dash board(soft dash). This allowed for an uprated heater, twin speed wipers with auto return, amongst other various switches and dials. Engines were largely similar, but the dynamo was replaced with an alternator. The gearbox received a synchro on 2nd to afford easier changes.

As with all the models, the configuration is easily converted from hard top, to truck cab and soft top, and we frequently convert chosen vehicles to customer requirements (see accessories page for prices). The station wagon variant (as with all series models) was designed for greater comfort, and people carrying - these models prove popular with families, as they have six belted seats, plus other "luxury" items - headliners, door cards, carpets etc.

When production ceased in 1985, the last leaf sprung vehicles had been produced, and Land Rover® completely remodelled to the current "90."

All series vehicles are now regarded as British classics, and hold a special place in the hearts of many, who appreciate their solidity and the idea that they can be maintained and repaired with no specialised tools.

Galvanised Chassis Land Rover® 

As you will be aware, all Land Rovers® are built upon a chassis - this chassis is generally made of mild steel, and although strong and robust, will deteriorate over the years. Whilst periodic repair can double the life of a basic chassis, eventually the option is to replace it with a new chassis. These chassis can be replaced with yet another mild steel chassis, but the obvious choice is to fit a new galvanised chassis. A galvanised chassis Land Rover® will be less troublesome to maintain, more desirable and will prolong the life of the vehicle significantly. Galvanised chassis are manufactured by several outfits, new and off the shelf. When we rebuild a "new " vehicle, we always use a new galvanised chassis as the basis for the restoration. For some models, a galvanised chassis replacement is not available. The best method here is to repair the existing chassis, and have it galvanised before re fitting. If you are looking for a galvanised chassis Land Rover®, we always have several in stock.

Read on for a history of this model....

Series 3 88"

The Series III models were introduced in September 1971. Despite the new model name, they were essentially an evolution of the Series IIA they replaced. Identifying features were the one-piece moulded grille in ABS plastic, flat hinges for all side doors, and a black plastic dashboard which located the instruments directly in front of the driver. The Series IIIs retained the all-synchromesh gearbox which had been introduced on the last of the Series IIA models. In the beginning, the engines in the 88-inch models were the same 2.25-litre petrol and diesel four-cylinders as had powered the Series IIAs but from  1980, these were re-engineered with five main bearings instead of the original three.,They could be purchased with truck cabs, hardtops, seven-seat station wagons or with a full soft top. A few examples were also converted into fire tenders. Colours available up to 1983 were Bronze Green, Light Green, Mid-Grey, Marine Blue, Limestone and (for export only) Sand. From early 1983, Masai Red, Roan Brown, Russet Brown, Stratos Blue and Trident Green were added to the range. Interior upholstery was invariably black. The Series III 88-inch models were effectively replaced by the new coil-sprung Ninety range from June 1984, but production continued into 1985 to meet orders from overseas. It is not possible at present to give precise production figures for the Series III 88-inch Land Rovers®. 

Series 3 109"

Long-wheelbase Series III models were introduced at the same time as the short-wheelbase types, in 1971 and were produced until 1985. They had the same interior and exterior characteristics. Their introduction saw the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines  supplemented by a six-cylinder option. This was the first of the engines to go out of production, lasting only until mid-1980 when it was replaced by the V8. The Series III 109-inch Station Wagon was a direct replacement for the Series IIA type. Both 10-seater and 12-seater versions were available throughout. 

Current Stock - Series 3 Land Rovers