This 1973 88in Series III turned up on eBay a few years ago. Like lots of Land Rovers of this age, it needed lots of work to make it roadworthy and it was so decayed that it wouldn't have been worth bothering with it if it hadn't been converted to a camper by Searle of Sunbury on Thames when it was new. The 88in Carawagons like this are now rare and it was stored until its refurbishment became a Land Rover Owner workshop series.
Searle of Sunbury on Thames offered SWB conversions were known as Safari Sleepers and this one is a Mark III because it was based on a Series III. Options for these models included a choice of double or twin single beds. This one's age and the fact it was once someone's seventies recreational vehicle immediately brought back memories of Abersoch weekends that always seemed to be sunny.
We have recreated the sleeping arrangements in this 1973 conversion and have given it a seventies feel with a few period aftermarket accessories such as an American porthole, Power Train Products freewheeling hubs and Weller eight-spoke wheels. We assembled a rebuilt rolling chassis and installed the engine and gearbox, over this we fitted the rebuilt bulkhead and refitted and painted the body panels.
Since the magazine series ended the 88in has been completed with made to measure seats/beds newly upholstered, Devon 4x4 aluminium door cards, Rebel chequerplate wing-top protectors and an electrical hook-up for campsite use.