Re-engineered: ’70 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 1970, you will arrive at the offering we have today – a Series IIA Short-wheelbase re-imagined for life in today’s world. Poppy Red looks good on a Landie, particularly for this one that is an exceptional build. The list of mods is too detailed for us to mimic. One of the best decisions is the 5-speed transmission. You want all of the effort you put into this build to last so the decision to go galvanized is smart. Try building tis one from scratch for less than the $39,900 asking price. Click here for the listing.