Barn Finds reader Jacob C. asks “Are you ready for a restoration safari?” Thanks for the find, Jacob! This 1968 Land Rover Series IIA might just be that off-roader you’ve been looking for! It’s located in Flagler Beach, Florida and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is just over $5,000 as I write this.
Although it’s not in these pictures, the sale includes a hard top with a “clam shell” lift gate the seller tells us is rare. I really like the fact this vehicle looks used but not abused. I have found over the years that the British cars I’m familiar with suffer more from not being used while in storage than they do from actually being used.
That winch setup really looks like it means business! The tires look pretty decent in this shot as well, although I think I would have expected to see a more aggressive tread pattern. This “Landie” is gasoline-powered, but unfortunately the seller doesn’t show us under the bonnet (or the hood, for that matter!).
They do, however, show us some beautiful frame shots. For those that don’t know, the majority of this basic Land Rover’s body is aluminum, leading some to believe that corrosion isn’t an issue with these vehicles–but it is! The frames and bulkheads are steel, with all the rust risks that come with it. This Series IIA has a galvanized steel chassis to prevent, or at least slow down, corrosion. We don’t get any pictures of the bulkhead, but if it’s in as nice shape as the rest of the vehicle we can see, this might turn out to be the best “project” Land Rover I’ve seen in a good long time.
I’m not sure where exactly this picture was taken, but that does look like rust to me at the lower part of the picture; at least surface rust. The advertisement states that the Land Rover starts and runs well, but could be helped by a set of new springs and some cosmetic work. I’m not sure I’d do a lot cosmetically if I were going to use it as it was intended, off the road. What about you?