Cattle Ranch Find: 1964 Land Rover Series IIA

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While this 1964 Land Rover Series IIA has the look of a survivor, it’s actually been mechanically refurbished after being found on a Nevada cattle ranch some time ago. Thankfully for the patina lovers out there, it hasn’t been externally restored and wears its battle scars with pride! The vehicle is for sale here on eBay for a buy it now of $12,750 or you are welcome to submit a lower offer. The seller is located in Bellingham, Washington.

The seller tells us that they have kept the body in it’s as-found state but they hope that a fellow enthusiast purchaser will enjoy it as much as they have.

Many years ago, the British car club that I belong to hosted our annual multi-marque show (The Gathering; less than two weeks away!) and we had a lot of Land Rover owner attendees; I noticed they were comparing dents and dings in the aluminum bodies of their vehicles–with pride! A little different from your average car show, but as Mater mentions in Cars 2, every dent tells a story.

The Series IIA was produced from 1961 to 1971 with very few changes. Interior ergonomics and luxury were never much of a thing with Land Rover during this period; remember, we are three years from even the first Range Rover prototype. Even so, a classic “banjo-type” British steering wheel found its way into this early SUV. Does anyone else remember the Land Rovers in Daktari like I do?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is a gas engine given the carburetor to the right of the picture. If that is indeed the case it should be a 2,286 cc engine. Known for durability and torque (116 ft-lbs) rather than horsepower (67), the same basic engine was used from 1958 through 1979. I think this would be a great vehicle to own and play around with, and I don’t think I’d change a thing. Would you?

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  1. Derek

    2 1/4 petrol. 2As are quite desireable over here.

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  2. Gerry

    If you’re over 6’1” or so and love your knees, move along. I’m an inch taller and feared for my knees in my SIII every time I drove it!

    Great vehicles but now that it’s gone, my hands are clean. Lol They do require a bit of work to keep them on the road but, they’re fairly easy to work on. As a friend once said, “ when working on land rovers why does it always come down to a hammer and the spanner?”

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  3. OhU8one2

    They are quirky at best. They are slow, squeek,rattle and almost always have a leak from somewhere. But, I can’t think of a better off-road vehicle that will get the job done. Some had post hole digging equipment for farmers and ranchers to put fencing up. Personally I think Land Rover has lost it’s inner core. They don’t produce anything rugged. Everything to them is a status offering. Some new Rovers might see some mud or snow. But in reality, majority never will venture off the pavement. And alot of owners have NO idea how capable Rovers really are.

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    • LRLV

      Modern Rovers are still amazing offroaders, but their peak of offroadability was probably in the 90’s, (minus reliability problems), but they are still on the map as offroaders.

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  4. Howard A. Howard AMember

    John Cage (Randolph Mantooth) drove one of these on the hoakest of the 3 Webb series, yet entertaining show “Emergency”.( Dragnet, Adam-12, and Emergency) I believe he used his own Landie for the show.

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  5. Tom Smith

    While the body is aluminum, the chassis, door frames and bulkhead are steel and rust from the inside. None of the photos show the potential problem areas.

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  6. Piros1

    My parents had a 64 soft top and tan in color they purchased new in 1964 at a dealership in Grand Junction, CO. They were capable but no better than any other 4 x 4 of the time. A lot of good memories in it and the1965 two door Wagon they traded it for. I think our 64 had more powe than the 65 or at least it seemed that way. One of the weak links that I remember failing several times were to front axle shafts. We finally sold the 65 sometime in the early 1970’s, after my dad passed away in 1968 it wasn’t used as much. So much for the good old days. I hope someone buys it and gets a lot of enjoyment out of owning it.

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  7. IXLR8

    Ok, What’s been done? How about a photo gallery with receipts? Was the engine and drive train rebuilt or did you just change the oil? I see these selling at about 8K in this condition.

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