What's the story?
Scarborough is not all boat trips, candyfloss, buckets and spades. Turn your back on the town and you'll discover some of the most beautiful countryside in England, but James Robson didn't have anything interesting to drive on all those lovely roads and tracks.
Looking for something to fill his time away from work, a colleague found him a Land Rover. Unimpressed at first sight, the Series III was deep in dirt, cluttered with residue of a working life, plastered with mud underneath, seized engine and holes in the chassis. However, he soon recognised its big plus points were very hard to buy: it was absolutely straight and truly original. He had to buy it.
Deal done, home for James's Land Rover became a car port, which is where the rebuild would take place.
Our favourite bit?
With straight panels and good-condition components, rebuilding this Land Rover was the sort of project that most people can only dream about – which shows the sense in buying a straight low-miler. James was also very smart in not overdoing the restoration.
One additional job he did carry out, though, was replacing the blood-crusted hard top with a truck cab, which certainly improved the Series III's appeal.
And the verdict from LRO writer Peter Galilee
Now back in its original Limestone colour, this Series III is restored, but not over-restored. Driving it is a sublime experience. The ride, steering, acceleration and braking are just as they should be in a Series III 9though nowadays many are not). It even sounds right: raspy on acceleration, burbly on the overrun.
The vehicle is an object lesson in how to restore a Land Rover: buy one that's complete and original, but don't over-restore it.
Model: Series III truck cab
Engine: 2.25-litre four-cylinder petrol, overhead-valve
Transmission: 4-speed with synchromesh on all gears; two-speed transfer box, selectable two/four wheel drive