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1965 Land Rover Series 2a SWB

Rare originality ... an honest untouched Series 2a ...



Thanks to Maurice Wilks, Rover’s (post-war) Chief Designer, the idea of producing a light utility vehicle along the lines of the Willy’s Jeep came to pass when the first pre-production Land Rovers arrived in 1947. Series I assembly lines began operating the following year when just one version was offered with 80in wheelbase and 1.6 litre petrol engine. The Series I was developed throughout the mid to late 50’s before the Series II arrived in 1958 followed by the 2a in 1961; destined to become the biggest selling variant the 2a was available in regular (88in) and long wheel base (109in). A successful decade where Land Rover became kings of the ‘all-terrain’ market exporting across the globe in huge numbers.

Country Classic Cars take great pleasure in presenting a Land Rover Series 2a 88 ‘regular model’ with a confirmed factory build date of 17th March 1965. We suspect this chassis was destined for export as its early life remains a mystery, but we do know the car was ‘gifted’ to a Mrs Baker in 1980; courtesy of her father-in-law, to tow a horse box. It has enjoyed three owners since; Mrs Baker sold on to Terence Pullen in 2002 and then Roy Gravett took custody the following year. It only recently left his ownership and all previous owners live within a 50 miles radius, confirmed by history supplied by the DVLA. The milometer presents 8009 miles travelled and although we cannot confirm this is a total, we do know this ‘Landie’ has covered just 5k miles over the past 17 years. Our history file also contains images of the 2a looking freshly restored (we suspect in the 90s) sporting a canvas top. 36 invoices from the dates 2003-2006 and an additional 24 from 2009-2015; also, old tax discs and MOT history from 2003 plus original owner’s manual.

Interested parties should bear in mind these classic Land Rovers could be considered ‘agricultural’ being minus any luxuries and very much built as a tool, not everyday transport. Saying that, their desirability has grown rapidly over recent decades and now the second series have become a target for collectors. Our example is ‘rugged’ and very original, individual windscreen wipers and push button start highlights it is 55 years young. Motorway speeds are not achievable whilst comfort is somewhat limited, but should you desire crossing continents without tarmac this is the machine to complete your journey.

We are presenting this Series 2a on behalf of the current owner and consider the sale price to be attractive and fair. Genuine interest is most welcome and for additional information please message with your email address for multiple detailed images and walk-round video; we will forward the file via ‘We Transfer’ a free to use and safe service. Country Classic Cars operate by appointment only and within current Government guidelines. Inspection most welcome but please bear the current situation in mind, especially with regards to test drives.

  • Manual Transmission

gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 2286 cm3 / 139.4 cui, advertised power: 50 57.5 kW / 67 77 hp / 68 78 PS ( DIN SAE ), torque: 168 Nm / 124 lb-ft ...


  • top speed: 105 km/h (65 mph) (declared by factory);
  • accelerations: 0- 60 mph 26.7© s



They are only original once....

Year: 1965
Model: SWB 88-inch
Body Style: 2 door hard/soft top
Mileage: 8009
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Fuel Economy: 18mpg
Condition: Original
Location: Midhurst, West Sussex
Price: £9,995
Drivetrain: 4WD
Engine: 2286cc 4 cylinder
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Green
MPG: 15 Town/City / 18 Motorway
Stock Number: 140820
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