Vintage Land Rovers are incredibly cool, but prices can sometimes be intimidating. Sure, it would be nice to own a restored example, but those often command . If you want something affordable, you start running into trucks with shady history and rust-covered basket cases. might be the perfect balance for those wanting to break into the world of old British 4x4s without breaking the bank. You should buy it.
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This 1965 Series IIA spent the first half of its life in Northern Alberta, Canada as a service vehicle used to inspect gas lines, according to the seller. The truck itself is far from perfect—the paint is faded, some body panels are dented, and the interior is well-worn. It's definitely been used it's whole life. But the essentials, like the 2.25-liter engine, 4x4 system, and frame, seem to be in good shape. There's no serious rust (aside from some surface corrosion), and the transmission is an upgraded synchronized four-speed unit swapped in from a later Series III truck. That means you don't have to be an expert at double-clutching and rev-matching to drive it.
Best of all, the seller is including a bunch of spare parts with the listing, including a separate hard top cover, several body panels, and the original rear bench seats. It's . If you're thinking about getting into vintage Rovers, this one is cheap enough to afford, and already used enough where you don't have to worry about scorching it driving through your local trail. It's the one we'd buy.