Overdrive: ’69 Land Rover Series IIA
Car production in England was at a standstill during the war. That’s not surprising information. After the war, the Rover Car Company wanted to get back to building cars but raw materials were scarce. So they decided to build a simple vehicle based on a JEEP chassis that could be used on a working farm or some industrial capacity. This change in direction allowed them to use materials that were more available than used in the construction of a typical Rover Sedan from the period. The Land Rover would use an aluminum body to save steel and army green paint. The plan was to build these bulldogs to keep cash-flow streaming in while things loosened up for car production to resume. And when that finally happened, the Land Rover outsold the cars by a whopping margin. An Icon was born. If you fast forward to 1969, you will arrive at the offering we have today – a Series IIA Short-wheelbase. This is a refurbished Landie but not a full restoration. The interior is said to be very original and everything is in working order. The bottom and exterio have been treated to a de-rusting and now looks super sharp and totally solid. We love Landies and Willow Green is one of our favorite colors for them. This one has a smooth working 4-speed transmission with overdrive! Catch this one on eBay and add a little off-road exploration to your summer agenda. Click here for the auction.