1963 Land Rover Series 2a 109 Station Wagon

Price: US $32,000.00 Item location: Los Gatos, California, United States
  • Make: Land Rover
  • Model: Series IIa
  • Type: Wagon
  • Trim: Station Wagon
  • Year: 1963
  • Mileage: 70,000
  • VIN: 26100759B
  • Color: Bronze Green
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Black and beige
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Cassette Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1963 Land Rover Series IIa Station Wagon

This is my own 1963 Land Rover 109 Station Wagon.First owner kept it for almost 40 years and drove it through America - from Canada to Argentina!
It runs smoothly, can seat 10 and starts almost every morning - rain or shine. I even drive it to drop my kids to school (it has seat belts for the 3 front seats).Overtime some nice additions have been made, such as the rewiring of the dash console, with extra gauges (temperature and pressure), breaker panel for improved safety, roof projectors, protective steel mesh grilles on head and roof lights, etc. (see pictures). The electric loom in the engine bay has been simplified and looks safer than any other old Series have seen.
The engine is the original 'long block' gasoline 2.3 liter engine and has been rebuilt less than 2000 miles ago, runs like a clock and doesn't accuse a single leak. It's been upgraded with a nice performance Pierce package: twin barrel Weber carburetor, performance intake manifold with no heat exchanger, and a 4-2-1 performance exhaust manifold. Seals and gaskets have been replaced including engine head gasket. It idles at 880 RPM with no rattle and revs up to 4400 rpm smoothly.
Transfer case operates smoothly, switch between 2 and 4WD as well as long and short ratio are excellent.The 2nd gear requires to double clutch while shifting down to engage smoothly, like on most vintage trucks.
Alternator is new, and offers a solid charge - 14V with idled engine.Old mechanical fuel pump has been removed and a new Facet electric pump installed for easier engine start. The original pump is functional and included with parts.
The paint isn't perfect, it's been obviously resprayed by previous owner (no idea how long ago) but overall the Rover has a nice patina, with a bit of oxydation on galvanized and aluminum parts which highlight this truck is an expedition veteran.Repairs on the body and frame have been made using original parts and galvanizing compound to prevent oxydation. It's really clean and gets people's attention.
A radio cassette player has been installed by previous owner and is functional.
In addition to be a nice collectible, this Landy is a great mild off-road truck, which can actually impress more modern SUV owners especially on mud and climbing obstacles. It's fairly light and has a lot of torque. It's currently wearing Dunlop Rover R/T tires which are a good compromise for mix road/dirt/mud/sand and never let me down anywhere.
The only work this 109 would deserve is a refresh of the steering. I got used to the play and know how to anticipate it however my wife doesn't like it. Count $250 for parts if you can do it yourself, or $800 at a shop.
Included in the sale, is the original roof rack made of galvanized mild steel - it isn't too heavy (I can carry it myself). There is also a vintage lift jack attached to the rear of the Rover. I never had to use it and kept it mostly for decorative purposes. I'll also include a vintage 20L gas can that can be installed in lieu of the spare wheel, which can also mount on the roof rack...
- original wipers work.- original fuel gauge works- starter is original. As asked: it does feel weak when the engine is hot, but never been in a position where the engine wouldn't start. I think it adds charm to the old landy :)- heater works (low and high), I usually bypass it in Summer to keep the interior cool.- anything electric runs on breakers that are accessible on the dashboard (as pictured)- top portion of front doors can be removed in Summer (simply pull them up).- Spare wheel is mounter on back door, can easily be mounted on the roof rack- Petrol can could be mounted on the rear door- Exhaust is quite (not louder than original) and I believe the muffler is an OEM Land Rover- Engine doesn't need to run on choke once started even in Winter- I always use Shell Rotella high performance diesel engine oil. It contains high level of zinc and other additives that greatly help old engines and is brass and steel friendly (I have owned WWII Jeeps and Lands for a while and have been very happy with this oil)- frame and body are healthy, they have been obviously repaired overtime here and there. It's a 55 year old expedition truck. Front passenger door has a visible bend on the top (probably sliding against a tree) etc.- Brake cylinder and lines have been upgraded by original owner. It looks like a modern Defender master vac- Top speed of the car is about 65 MPH.- I don't honestly know if it has 70.000 or 170.000 miles! It looks and runs good anyway.
Again this is not a like-new restoration which cost would exceed $40K; but a well maintained, actually working and used Land Rover. I have tried to be as precise as possibly describing it, and would invite potential buyers to come and see it when local. I'm happy to give rides with it...
Feel free to ask questions and I'll be happy to answer.