1958 Land Rover Series II – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Land Rover Series II Land Rover Series II

A historically significant classic, with function in equal measures

The original and iconic Land Rover arrived in 1948, launching at the Amsterdam Motor Show, and was engineered for use as a farm workhorse and as a light industrial vehicle - with a steel box-section chassis and an aluminium body.

These early cars were retrospectively named Series 1 vehicles, and underwent various subtle updates in regards to wheelbases and notably a more conventional 4WD system replacing the original and unusual semi-permanent 4WD system in 1950.

The Series II went into production in 1958, available in either short (2,200mm) or long (2,800mm) wheelbases.

It also underwent a design facelift. It wasn’t a redesign per se, as the Series II was actually the first Land Rover to pass through Rover’s styling department.

Chief Stylist David Bache penned the high ‘barrel side’ waistline due to an increase in track, and also introduced curved side windows and rounded roof – a Land Rover hallmark.

The famous 2.25lt inline-four engine was introduced with the Series II vehicles, however early production SWBs utilised the remaining run-out stock of Series I 2.0lts units.

This Series II SWB is on offer from the Gosford Classic Car Museum in NSW, and presents very well for its age.

The exterior’s army green paintwork has been refurbished and is in excellent condition. Inside, the bench seats have been reupholstered and doorcards and floors have been protected with aluminium plating for maximum function and ease of maintenance.

The odometer shows 51818 miles, and the car overall looks rough and ready for whatever you throw at it.

A historically significant icon, with plenty of function in the mix – this gorgeous classic Landie will be equally at home off road as it will be on a car show lawn.

The car is listed for $15,000, and you can check out the full listing here!

 

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