|December 11, 2017 1:35 pm||$1,000||cyrjm|
|December 6, 2017 12:00 am||Auction started|
It all started in 1948 with the Series 1 Land Rover…back then it was just “The Land Rover”. The Rover Car Company started off in the mid-1800’s selling sewing machines, tricycles and bicycles. By the 1930’s, it had evolved into a car company but was hit badly by the Depression. As was common with many factories of the time, they were turned over to help the war effort and produced engines for tanks and aircraft. By the time the war ended, Rover found itself nicely positioned with skilled workers and updated factories. By the end of the first full year of sales, nearly 8000 Land Rovers were sold far exceeding the expected volume of 5000. And so the love affair with Land Rover began.
Despite the success, by 1958 it was clear Rover needed a major overhaul to their original offering. The Series II had more power, a better suspension, a better turning radius, and best of all was the introduction of the long wheel base to haul you and 11 of your best friends. As with all great things though, they must come to an end. And in 1971, Rover once again knew in order to keep up with the market pace, a new Series was needed…if only they had a good name for it.
The Series III, as it was aptly named, was introduced in 1971 as a successor to the outgoing IIA. The body remained virtually unchanged, the most significant change was the incorporation of a synchromesh on all forward gears and revised ratios. Clutch design was modified to include a diaphragm spring for easier and quieter use. Brakes were improved, the dash was redesigned with the addition of padding and the instrument panel was moved to be in front of the driver. The door interiors were upholstered, and a much-improved heater was fitted. Heat, there’s a luxury not many 4×4’s of the time thought were standard equipment. The Series III would end production in 1982 as the incoming One Ten (soon to be Defender) took its place.
Today we present to you the very last year of the Series III, a restored regular left-hand drive Land Rover 109. The 109 is the wheelbase length in inches…as is the 90 and 110 that comes along with the Defender nomenclature. This 4-door variant of the Series III currently sits in storage in Italy, where it has undergone an extensive frame-on restoration. The seller is a very experienced importer of Land Rovers. and an enthusiast very active on the Land Rover forums. He has imported many Land Rovers from Italy, the UK and Bulgaria. He guarantees customs clearance and delivery to the buyer’s door in the U.S. as well as the conveyance of all customs clearance, and Italian proof of ownership documents to secure a US title. References for the seller are available from prior customers.
The exterior was stripped, sanded, primed and resprayed in Rover Light Green. The tropical top was correctly painted white and no modifications from original were made. The panels show no abnormal gaps. The bonnet on any Land Rover I have ever owned or seen looks like it should close more than it actually does. The windows and marker lights all appear clear without cracks.
New hardware has been fitted where needed, and repainted as needed, and can be seen in the close up photos. The 5-lug steelie wheels are appropriate to the truck, as is the bonnet mounted spare. The recessed door handles all work properly and was carried over into the production of the Defender prior to the change to push buttons.
The interior presents in very good condition, the seats show no signs of wear or tear. The interior was also stripped and painted to matching body color. Everything is reported to be working properly, including all gauges and window tracts. This truck presents original as you would have seen it in 1982.
The rear cargo area is not equipped with seating but could be added if the buyer desired so. The seller will add seatbelts prior to shipping.
Modifications from original
This 109 has had extensive restoration work through a frame on restoration process. The seller has a full invoice of all items replaced and restored, and will be provided to the buyer. The engine has been fully serviced as well and the seller will provide documentation on that also. The mirrors are not original to the truck, and the original grill color would have been silver. Currently the only thing needing attention is seatbelts being added, new springs in the rear and a temperature gauge added. The seller will have these items taken care of prior to shipping from Italy. The seller is also willing to provide a credit towards new tires, rather than replacing them as tires can be a personal thing.
This 109 is being sold with a reserve price. That final price includes shipping from Italy, clearance through customs, duty taxes, title and sales tax estimates, and domestic delivery to the buyer’s door. The buyer will register and title the vehicle themselves, and will be provided with all of the necessary documentation to do so, as well as ‘hand-holding’ by the seller. Payment will work as follows: the auction closes with a winning buyer. The buyer will wire Second Daily the entire amount, we will pay the seller $16,000 as a deposit and he will begin the importing process. Once it is delivered to the buyer’s door, the remaining funds will be released to the seller. If for any reason the truck does not clear customs, the funds will be reimbursed to the buyer. After delivery, the buyer and seller must connect on titling and registering.
If you are looking for a rust free Land Rover without the concerns of hidden problems and a low cost to entry, this is the 109 for you. The seller has accounted for the fact it is not in the U.S. in his low reserve, knowing that you will not be immediately taking delivery. Typically, it takes 4-6 weeks once it leaves Italy to arrive at your door in the U.S.
Please reach out to us or comment here prior to auction close if needed. Please ask for references if you are interested.
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