In 1994, when I was 12 years old, my dad decided a Series III Land Rover would be ideal for towing our family caravan. The first one he bought lasted literally ten minutes before the gearbox ‘exploded’; he returned it and got his money back.
The search then started again, with him circling potential Land Rovers in Auto Trader. My brother and I were dragged around the country looking at potential purchases, but in the end my dad went for one 40 minutes from home, on a farm in Pangbourne.
It was a cream-coloured 88in Series III Safari with a 2.25-litre diesel engine, registration number DHO 864Y (I think). My dad used it as his everyday car, and it made two 1000-mile treks to the south of France, hauling the caravan at a stately 45mph.
Two years later, my dad bought a Rover 620 which became mine when I turned 17 – and ever since he sold the Land Rover, I had always wanted one of my own, like his – but a petrol version for reduced noise, and tax exempt to save on road tax costs. After he passed away in 2005, the urge became stronger, and then two years ago I heard a friend of a friend was selling the exact car I wanted. I went down the next day and bought it. I’ve also owned other Series IIIs, a V8 Range Rover and a 300Tdi Disco.
In memory of my dad and our adventures, I made it my goal to tow our caravan with the Land Rover – and achieved it last year. I’m amazed how well it tows, but the mpg is shocking! I’m not planning on taking it to the south of France, that’s for sure.
This owner review appeared in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.