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This model was known as the 'Bugeye' because of the unusual headlight mounting on the surface of the fender.

The Model Series IIA was a hybrid between Series II and Series III and was produced for only six months, less than a few thousand made worldwide and very few have survived.

This particular light-green model shown at the 2006 Hilton Head Concours is a very rare left-hand drive, produced for North America and used by the State of Florida DNR.

As with other Land Rovers, this car is aluminum bodied on galvanized steel and is both two and four wheel drive.
Chassis Num: 24435680F
Engine Num: 30600432K
Sold for $26,400 at 2007 Christies.
This 1969 Land Rover Series IIA (88SWB) was offered for sale at the 2007 Christies auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It is finished in Navy blue with black interior. Under the hood is a four-cylinder engine with overhead valve and displaces 2.25-liters. Total horsepower is 81. The vehicle has a four-speed manual gearbox with two-speed transfer box. Drum brakes and semi-elliptic leaf springs can be found on all four wheels.

Maurice Wilks, the younger brother of Rover's Chief Engineer Spencer, was inspired to create a multi-agricultural vehicle while on a family holiday in Anglesea. The Rover proved to be a good platform as it was created from steel and could be constructed by hand. The body panels were created from aluminum with galvanized steel bracing. By 1947 a prototype had been created using a Jeep chassis and featuring Rover running gear and a trans box to give the vehicle four-wheel drive.

The board had approved to create the vehicle even before the prototype had been constructed. After testing the 'Landrover' was born.

This example is a Series IIA that sits on a short wheelbase that measures 88-inches. The IIA was produced from 1961 through 1971. The Series IIA was an improved version of the original design, consisting of a more powerful engine and longer wheelbase plus more rugged construction. In all respects, it was the Series IIA that gave the Land Rover marque its reputation.

The Series IIA were built on an 88-inch or 109-inch wheelbase. These all-terrain vehicles were given the nickname 'Landy'.

It is believed that this example was used for factory advertising brochures and later featured in an article in Land Rover Owner's International magazine. The next 26 years were spent in the car of the same owner. The next owner purchased the car in 1996 and began restoration work. It did not receive a complete restoration, but was updated and fixed where needed. It was given the Navy Blue paint scheme in honor of the British metropolitan police vehicles.

This vehicle was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $60,000. It did find a buyer, though it failed to meet the estimated value; the hid bid was $26,400, including buyers premium, which was fine with the seller, and the vehicle was sold.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010
Chassis Num: 23600812A
Engine Num: 23600840A
Sold for $41,250 at 2013 RM Auctions.
Over its 65-year history, Land Rover has built some of the finest off-road vehicles for both individual and commercial use. They are often used by the armed forces of numerous countries around the globe. They have built a reputation on quality, durability, and ruggedness.

The Series IIA is difficult to distinguish from the Series II on the outside. Mechanically, the Series IIA sports a new 2.25-liter diesel inline four-cylinder engine and early Series IIA cars feature headlamps that were located in the front grille, rather than on the front fenders.

The 'Air-Portable' model of the Series IIA was designed with a specific task in mind, to be parachuted from aircraft directly to UK ground forces on the move in combat. In order to be outfitted for this use, many of its components were replaced with aluminum in order to make it as light as possible, making it easier to transport in the air. The biggest change was the vehicle's reduction in overall width by four inches. This was accomplished by redesigning the axles and fitting shorter half-shafts, which allowed the vehicle to sit on a pallet, so it could be easily loaded onto an aircraft.

This Series IIA Air-Portable SUV was given a three-year total restoration. It was also converted to left-hand drive in order to make it easier to drive in the United States. All areas prone to rust were replaced with galvanized trim and stainless steel hardware, including a new steering column and four leaf springs for the suspension, brake lines, and cylinders, and the 2¼-liter petrol engine and transmission were completely rebuilt, along with many other parts. The original Land Rover chassis was replaced with a Marsland galvanized frame.

The 139 cubic-inch four-cylinder engine offers 72 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drum brakes.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
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