I always wanted a Series IIA.
It was the vehicle that first got me interested in Land Rovers when, while at school, I did two weeks of work experience, on a farm that had an old one. It had massive flotation tyres and the seats were hessian sacks of straw, but I loved it. It was in stark contrast to the shiny company cars my parents both had every few months from working in the motor industry!
When I started buying LRO, I became obsessed with an advert that the Land Rover Centre in Huddersfield regularly ran on the inside front cover. It had all the Land Rovers lined up neatly outside the front of the garage – and my eye was always drawn to the Series IIAs.
I finally got the opportunity to buy one from a friend at the end of 2005, for £300. It sat idle for a while, since it needed a lot of work, but I simply never had the time to spare, so I decided to
sell it. I sold it on for the same amount that I had paid for it, but quickly regretted the decision and ended up buying it back a few weeks later for £500.
It’s since had a new half chassis, because the rear crossmember was mainly glassfibre; it cracked into pieces as it was pushed on to the trailer. The front wings were also badly damaged, so I found secondhand replacements as well as putting in a 3.5-litre V8 and Range Rover diffs.
Over the years, it’s been pushed back into service for carting firewood, feeding cattle and even towing a livestock trailer. It’s my daily transport to and from work. When time permits, I go greenlaning or take it for a spin along the Norfolk coast.
Published in the March 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.