1978 Land Rover 88 Series III Lightweight
Item location: Fenton, Missouri, United States
- Make: Land Rover
- Model: Lightweight
- SubModel: Land Rover 88 Series III Lightweight
- Type: SUV
- Trim: 88 Series III Lightweight
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1978 Land Rover Lightweight 88 Series III Lightweight
1978 Land Rover 88 Series III Lightweightâ€¢ Genuine British military Land Rover Lightweight code #951â€¢ Land Rover reportedly served during the Falklands conflict before exportâ€¢ Right-hand driveâ€¢ 2.25L carbureted four-cylinder engineâ€¢ Four-speed manual synchromesh transmission and two-speed transfer caseâ€¢ Olive exterior with tan canvas top with plastic windowsâ€¢ Rear folding jump seatsâ€¢ New windshield and headlightsâ€¢ Custom exhaust system with Magnaflow muffler and new tiresâ€¢ Spare parts and a Land Rover Series III illustrated parts catalogEver thought about owning a piece of war history? This Land Rover is said to have seen action during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina during the early 1980s. After peace was declared, the truck was exported to the United States, where it spent seven years in a Georgia barn. There, it was refinished in olive green with a tan canvas top under a previous owner.These amazing off-roaders were called "lightweights" because the whole idea was for Land Rover to modify its existing 88-inch wheelbase Series IIA into something significantly lighter that could be transported by the military by helicopter while also significantly smaller so that it could fit into an airplane or on a pallet.The helicopter meant to lift the Land Rover, according to a number of websites devoted to Land Rover history including the Military Lightweight Club, was the Westland Wessex, which had a payload rating of only 2,500 pounds. And the airplane meant to fit two Land Rover Lightweights side-by-side was the Argosy.The paint and trim are in good, original order as is a tan canvas top with plastic windows. There are black steel bumpers, including a pintle hitch in back and diamond-plate trim has been added to the tops of the front fenders.The passenger side wiper is missing but the engine bay is tidy and the bodywork is solid and straight. The seller said he replaced the headlights and windshield, glazing and seal.This truck rolls on Michelin LTX tire, size 225/75R16 at all four corners plus a matching spare tire on the hood. Each tire is mounted to a body-colored steel wheel. The tires are in very good order while the wheels are in good, original order.Under the hood, is a carbureted 2.25L four-cylinder engine. It has a custom exhaust installed from the header back and includes a Magnaflow muffler. The motor is mated to a four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh in second through fourth gears and a two-speed transfer case. A fluid and filter change were done in July 2019.The Series III Lightweight kept the metal instrument panel from the earlier Series IIa. This right-hand drive example has two black front seats upholstered in vinyl that are in great condition, with three-point seat belts divided by an olive-green center console. In the rear are folding jump seats. The flooring is in good, original order. A three-spoke steering wheel fronts a set of Jaeger gauges, plus defroster vents and hazard flashers but the horn is inoperable.Those buyers/collectors seeking something distinctive or who are into collecting rolling war memorabilia, should stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to check out this Land Rover Lightweight.VIN: 95104605AThis truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 11,949 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!â€¨Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.