Reader Mike M recently sent in a discovery he made in his hometown of Boise Idaho. It appears to be a Series II Land Rover and it has been parked in this alley for many years. The paint is faded and a tree branch is laying on the hood, but Mike would love to have it. He has even taken a unique approach to warming the owners up to idea before making direct contact. Here is the story in his own words:
"I have seen this truck for about as long as I can remember, parked down an alley (actually it's a long driveway, the house is behind another house if that makes sense...) that only leads to one house. One day I got up the nerve to go snap a few pictures and was encouraged to find the tires way to far gone to drive, pretty much all the rubber and plastic would need to be replaced, but no large amounts of rust. It was chock full of paper bags filled with books and they appeared dry.
The license plates show it hasn't been registered since 1986, which sounds about right as I started noticing cars around that time. I decided the best approach to buying the car would be to not act too obnoxious and I didn't want to be considered a solicitor, so I mailed the homeowners a letter, letting them know how cool the car was and how long I have wanted it. I let them know I was a lifelong South East Boise resident and how they'd see me driving it around town, and that my plans didn't involve putting a big honking V8 and enormous mud tires on it.
I never heard anything back, but shortly after words the truck moved. I was dumfounded and crushed! I thought surely they figured it was worth something and sold it without contacting me. Then, fall came and the leaves fell, they had just moved it further up the alley closer to their house. And, there it sits. I am finally done with school, and can finally afford a little project, so I might approach them again and see if I can get a deal worked out..."
Thanks to Mike for sharing this find with us and we wish you luck in your quest to acquire this Land Rover. If you do end up convincing the owner to relinquish it, please let us know. We hope you keep the original paint and Boise State College bumper sticker intact. They just add character and keep a nice connection to its local past.