What’s the story?
After 30 years ‘missing’ in a New Jersey storage facility, this ultra-rare Land Rover Series IIA Pinkie has been hauled out from its resting place and is once again receiving the care and attention it so richly deserves. LRO’s US editor goes on manoeuvres to get the inside story on this amazing military survivor.
Our favourite bit?
What’s not to like? From its pink desert paintwork to the masses of specialist kit stashed, strapped and stored in every nook and cranny, this ex-SAS fitting machine exudes character, history and intrigue. Where did it serve? What did it do? Choosing a favourite bit is impossible.
And the verdict from LRO writer Steve Hoare?
Owner Bill Cooper is aiming to have this SIIA fully restored and road legal, so that he can drive it to classic and military car shows. That objective is not far from being realised. This machine is a real head-turner in the UK, but in the US, it’ll probably stop the traffic.
Model: Series IIA 109in
Engine: 2.25-litre four-cylinder petrol
Suspension: HD leaf springs front and rear, hydraulic dampers
Tyres: 9.00 x 16 Bar Grip tyres