Hello, and welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday. Today, I thought I would go into showcasing another Wagon, only this time its based on a truck. This is a Land Rover Series III 109 5-Door Wagon, which is really a Proto Defender. It sports 112,000 miles on the odometer, and a Price Tag that is pretty unbelievable.
The Series III Land Rover has the distinction of being the most produced series, with a production run between 1971 and 1985, and with over 440,000 produced. One of the most identifiable differences between the Series III and older versions of the Land Rover was the placement of the headlamps to the outer fenders (which was done with the late production Series IIA) to comply with Australian, American and Dutch lighting regulations. The grill was also changed from a Metal Mesh type to a plastic one.
The 2.25L engine boasted am 8:1 compression ratio, which produced 73HP. The Transmission was an all synchromesh unit for all forward gears. And the interior finally saw an upgrade with the use or plastic components on the dash, with later versions moving all instruments in front of the driver rather than the expected central location they were once housed in previous generations (as well as this particular Landy).
This Land Rover has received a thorough going over, and according to the listing:
1973 Land Rover Series III 109 5 door station wagon, Limestone with black, 2.25 litre 4 cylinder gas engine, 4 speed transmission with over-drive, 4 wheel drive, safari roof, galvanized expedition roof rack with ladder, 9 passenger seating with 2 side facing bench seats with seat belts, Smith’s heater, front brush guard with lamp guards, front wing and lower panel diamond plating. Like all of our Defenders, the Defender pictured here is on display at our showroom and been inspected and serviced by one of the top US independent Land Rover shops, Alan Elliott’s CitySide Garage. This 38 year old Land Rover is being sold as-is.
And now we get to the arresting price. The Buy-it-Now price the dealer is asking for is $24,800, which is really out there in my opinion. Twenty Four Thousand Dollars for a 4-Cylinder British Truck with over 100,000 miles is extraordinary, but I want to know what you think. Is a Land Rover really worth this much? See the listing here.