1976 Series III Lightweight
Lightweights will always stand out from the crowd, and look the business when weighed down with a Sankey trailer and a bristling military paraphernalia. But no one could ever describe them as being all that powerful.
Here’s a fun little project vehicle with a trick up its sleeve. It might look like an ordinary Lightweight, but there's a beefy Rover V8 under the bonnet, so it should go and tow like a train.
2010 Discovery 4 SDV6
The Discovery 3 was a brilliant tow car (see Editor Mike’s story on p90 of the December issue of LRO), but the bigger engine capacity and extra gears of the Discovery 4 make it even better. These are weighty vehicles, solid and assured with torque in reserve, and there are smart electronics to keep you safe while towing.
This one has all the luxuries you would expect from a modern premium 4x4, and with just 16,000 miles on the clock it should still feel dealer-fresh. A similarly-specced new one would cost you upwards of £45,000, so at a smidge under £33,000 the previous owner is footing the bill for the worst of its depreciation.
1975 Forward Control 101
101s were designed as tractors for the military’s 105mm howitzer artillery guns, and many would later lug around the Rapier missile system too. They failed to meet most of the initial design criteria, but that didn’t stop the MOD putting in orders anyway. Most owners today probably feel the same way about these flawed but thoroughly awesome machines.
This one carries the spartan rear box body of a Radio Control 101. It has a few new parts and apparently the chassis is solid enough. If you can stomach the V8’s petrol consumption, stick a Sankey on the back and set off around the world – the ultimate luggathon.