It’s very unusual to find a Series II station wagon in this high specification with this many original options – hence the nasty price tag of £18,000. (Click here to view the complete listing with pictures.) But let’s forget about all those noughts for a moment, and have a geeky trawl through the ‘Series II and IIA Specification Guide’ (written by LRO’s resident history buff James Taylor). Exactly what makes this Series Land Rover special enough for the seller to stick that kind of price on it?
Those lights are usually changed for cheap, mass-market items, so these original items are a rarity. The front indicators (optional at the time) appear to be Lucas L639, the front sidelights L368; the rear looks like Sparto 57101 stop-and-tail lamps and Sparto 57103 indicators. All correct.
Deep sill panels. These are often damaged off-road and replaced with shallower panels for later Series IIAs (post-December 1968) and Series IIIs.
The freewheeling hubs are another optional extra, even though their practical benefit isn't massive.
The front valance (the panel between the bumper and the radiator grille) is of the correct type only used from 1960-1961.
And little details like the mud flaps (how many do you see with the old-school Land Rover logo on the roads?) and the round, wing-mounted mirrors, like back in the day (rubbish at their job, but never mind!).
It gets better on the inside…
Those optional chainlink footwell mats are very unusual survivors. Practical too. New copies are now on the market, but these are apparently original.
The gauze four-piece flyscreens (another option) are the square Series II type, not the later two-piece types with curved corners.
The demister is another option. The central vent appears to be original, but it’s not an arrangement I’m familiar with. Lots of other period bits n bobs too.
But is it worth the money?
Inspect it, talk to the seller, and make your own decision. It’s outside the threshold recommended in our latest price guide (see the current issue of LRO for all the latest market values) but more has been spent on Series IIs in the past.
Finally, don’t commit you money without first getting acquainted with LRO’s detailed Buying Guides for each specific model of Land Rover.