This is my second Series III, which I bought in December 2013. It was sitting under some trees in the corners of an HGV repair yard, looking very tired and unloved.
It had belonged to a customer who apparently brought it into the garage so that a friend who worked there could do some work on it. Well, it never happened and so it lay there gathering moss, for a long time.
I first enquired about it about three years ago, only to be told that it was most definitely not for sale and would one day be restored to its former glory. Ah well... But while I was there I decided to take a sneaky peek, anyway. And I liked what I saw.
When I pulled back the brambles and nettles that were taking root around the wheels, I could see just how solid this little beauty was: it was absolutely 100 per cent solid with no rot whatsoever - quite unbelievable. I knew then that I wanted it.
About a year later, I was on a business visit to the garage again. And there it was, sitting in the same place - looking even more green with sap and moss.
Again I asked how much they wanted, but I got another knock-back. 'Not interested,' I was told.
However, about a year later, guess what? I had a call to say: 'Er, you know that old Land Rover - you still interested?'
I played it cool. 'Well,... not really - my circumstances have changed. But if the price is right...'
The price was right and, after handing over £180, the 1972 Series III was mine - at last!
It's only done 30,000 miles and really is a prince among motors. I've spent hours bringing it back to life but, given how long I waited for it, I don't mind at all!
Originally featured in the September 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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