Land Rover Series 3 Lightweight in Great Condition


A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional example of a very desirable Land Rover Series 3 Lightweight.

Reg date 22.02.1996 when it left RAF.

First reg 1978 on V5C.

History supplied by former owner:

Ex RAF, based on Gibraltar airport. Did very little work I expect as there is nowhere to go.

Previous owner wrote. -
"March 2008 had a complete and no expense spared overhaul with every effort to keep it original. New bulkhead, new foot wells, complete re-spray in and out, new hood, new starter motor, new distributor, new alternator, new fuel tank (plus my another 2 years ago), new seats, new water pump, new exhaust, new headlights converted to Halogens, new doors".

Certificate from British Motor Industry Heritage Trust says vehicle built 7 Sep 1978. Despatch date 18 Sep 1978.


The body its overall in great shape. and all the panels are remarkably straight considering it is an ex military vehicle. The doors and door tops are in great condition and there is no rot in the window runners.

The rear tub unlike most Land Rovers is remarkably straight in the back and doesn't show any signs of hard use and is fitted with rear bench seats so the vehicle can seat 7.

The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and even has it's original pressed footwells which are both in remarkable condition and require no attention.

The chassis is in great condition and requires no outriggers the twin fuel tanks are both still in place the passenger side was replaced along with other work a few years ago at a cost of £1000.

This vehicle has always had a spare wheel fitted on the bonnet it is in good condition and secured correctly with the straps.


It has a complete set of original front seats which are much more comfy than modern replacements. It has benefited form a new canvas which is to the correct military spec.
The load area is exceptionally clean and doesn't show any sights of heavy use and bench seats are fitted. There is some light scratching on the lead area however as it is so original it is best left and a rear load mat would be best suited.


The engine bay has been left completely standard and there is a military reconditioned engine which starts up first time and it really does drive with plenty of power and will happily sits at 55mph without any problem. The vehicle is also 12 volt not 24 volt.


The engine busts into life on the turn of the key. It always starts first time and is a great runner. The vehicle really does pull very well and is a joy to drive.

With the canvas sides rolled up and the door tops off this vehicle really does draw some attention.

The vehicle will be supplied with a 12 month MOT with no advisories.

The gears change up and down as they should the main box and transfer box both function correctly.

Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, this is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place.

It has just had a full matching set of 5 Avon RangeMaster Tyres which haven't covered many miles.


This is an fantastic example of a Series 3 lightweight and there aren't many around in such original and great condition. All the numbers match - the chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself.

This is one of the best value for money Lightweights available. This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners. It is a fantastic example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.

If you are an investor then you will already know how these vehicles have appreciated over the last 5 years some doubling in value.

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