What's the story?
Six years ago, this immaculate Series IIA was mouldering in a scrapyard, awaiting the final indignity of the gas axe's terminal kiss. After years of service with the British Army of the Rhine, it had been demobbed and spent time in civvy street before eventually being abandoned to its fate.
Enter our hero, Henk Meÿck, a besotted Series Land Rover fan since childhood, and the man who rescued this one.
The 1970 ex-army Series IIA 2.25 petrol 109-inch ambulance was in a very sorry state. 'The footwells in the bulkhead were nothing more than big holes – you could see the tyres through them,' says Henk. But there were three very important things in its favour: it was a IIA ambulance, it had a sound chassis and it had the correct paperwork.
Our favourite bit?
The interior is ingeniously thought-out, using modern materials and displaying very high-quality craftsmanship.
This camper really is a home-from-home. There's a heater radiator under a seat running across the body, a cooker, a fridge-freezer, bed, toilet, plenty of storage room and gas for the cooker and fridge.
Everything inside is neatly stowed behind beautifully-finished doors and panels – Henk has been a cabinet maker for 24 years and built all the cupboards from scratch.
'I did everything myself, including the painting, which was my first-ever spray job,' he says. 'You can see a few flaws in the finish, but it looks okay.
'The only thing I didn't make was the roof rack.'
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
By rescuing a beaten-up 'old soldier' from the scrapyard and spending hundreds of hours lovingly restoring and converting it, Henk has created his own dream Land Rover. It's a fantastic camper and will take him anywhere he wants to go.
• Model: Series IIA ex-military ambulance
• Year: 1970
• Engine: 2286cc four-cylinder petrol
• Fuel: Petrol and LPG
• Power: 77bhp at 4250rpm
• Torque: 124lb ft at 2500rpm
• Transmission: Four-speed manual, selectable 4WD, two-speed transfer box