Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You're already familiar with the usual Land Rover wagons, but when was the last time you saw a pickup like this 1966 Land Rover Series IIA SW? All the same legendary utility, reliability, and go-anywhere traction, now in a pickup version with all the cargo space you'll need.
We'll admit we're suckers for the form-follows-function look of the early Land Rovers. There's something insanely appealing about these purpose-built trucks and aside from a mountain goat, there's still nothing that climbs rough terrain better. The Land Rover pickup truck is a very rare find that will definitely be the only one at the next off-road gathering or cruise night, and we suspect Landie fans like it that way. The bright Sand paint is a cheerful alternative to the usual dark green or turquoise found on these machines, and with a matching top, it takes on a jaunty, friendly demeanor that's at home almost anyplace. The finish is decent, just the way you want it for a vehicle that's going to play in the dirt, not too perfect but good enough to show up anywhere with pride. The top is removable, creating a cool 2-seater, although you could probably count the padded wheel housings in the bed as benches, as in the wagon. Either way, this sucker's got a very cool look. The seriousness of intent is more than amply demonstrated by the hood-mounted spare tire, grille guard, and multiple tow hooks, grab handles, and hitches all over the back of the truck. This Landie is all about getting the job done.
Basic is the word inside, where you technically have room for three across, but with the center-mounted shifter for the 4-speed manual transmission, that guy in the middle isn't going to be comfortable for a long-distance trip. However, the black vinyl upholstery is in great shape and all the hardware is dedicated to going anywhere under the worst conditions. The floors are covered in heavy-duty vinyl matting material for durability, the factory black-faced Jaeger gauges are big and easy to read, the heater works great, and the painted dash looks to be in very solid shape. There are separate knobs for the PTO (power take-off) and transfer case, and you can tell that there's nothing in this truck that doesn't serve a purpose. It's the ultimate in functional fun.
The modest 2.4-liter inline-4 is all about reliability and you've already seen these trucks in the most remote parts of the world, so that claim holds up under scrutiny. Its performance is modest but it will get you there, no matter what. It's factory-spec under the hood, with a correct heavy-duty air cleaner, gigantic radiator (remember these were also used as stationary power units with the PTO), and simple downdraft carburetor. Both the brakes and the clutch seem to have been updated at some point, and you can see that this Landie has always been well-cared for, because even the paint on the inner fenders is free of any major issues. Add in factory wiring and an oversized battery, and it'll practically start underwater (not likely, although it's been known to happen in a Landie). The chassis is quite clean, with the new exhaust tucked up into the frame for ground clearance, and gigantic sealed U-joints on the front axle. Proper painted wheels and tall, skinny 7.00-15 off-road tires make the perfect combination that finish off this rare truck perfectly.
Don't look now, but these are red-hot collectors' items and they remain fun trucks that are still eminently useful. Call today for one of the coolest we've seen in a very long time!
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