Bit of an ugly duckling this one, so let’s get the negatives over with first. Purists will shudder at the chequerplate on the bumper and wing tops, and the later-type Green Oval on the radiator grille. Other issues such as the mis-matched doors and bulkhead flaps suggest that historical authenticity hasn’t been high on the previous owners’ agenda.
The rear mud flaps drooping on the ground are a dead giveaway that those leaf springs have given up the ghost.
And with no V5 document and no SORN, getting the paperwork in order could be like trying to cross the border into the China while dressed as the Dalai Llama. A quick check of the DVLA database reveals that this vehicle hasn't been taxed for nineteen years...
But on the plus side
All the above are bargaining points. And being a late-ish Series III you get ‘luxuries’ such as the lovely five main bearing 2.25-litre petrol engine (more durable and a bit smoother than the original three main bearing version), and servo-assisted brakes. It also has an overdrive (great for every-day useability - I'm looking for one for my Series IIA), the double-skinned tropical roof, and little nicities such as a rear wiper.
Structurally, it might not be a disaster either. The top corners of the bulkhead, common rust spots, look okay. Likewise the chassis has been ‘restored’… but the jury’s out on what condition it’s really in. You'd have to check it thoroughly yourself.
Rear light curiosities
I must admit I’ve not seen them in this arrangement before, with the reversing light built into the capping. Very late Series IIIs altered the spacing of the rear lights, but not like this. Can anyone shed any light? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you take on any project, make sure you check out our November 2014 issue. There you’ll find all sorts of guidance on how to approach taking on a project: everything from choosing the right vehicle to preserving it for the future. You’ll also get a run down of what was involved in recommissioning our very own Series III project 109 last year.
Also, you'd be wise to check out the LRO Buying Guides.
What's it worth?
Well a quick look at the LRO price guide says around £525 for a project (not far off this one) and up to £6100 for a really good 109 utility 2.25 petrol.
Up to date values for more than 235 models and specs of Land Rover are printed each month in LRO.