The original Land Rovers were go-anywhere vehicles that were light and easy to maneuver. But if you needed something a little more substantial to move serious cargo, they had you covered with trucks like this 1967 Land Rover Series IIA 109 pickup. Kind of like a 9/8 scale Landie, it offers great power and torque from a legendary four-cylinder diesel engine, a beefier frame, and a bigger bed, all with the same go-anywhere Land Rover utility.
With a tough-as-nails look that's practically begging to chew up serious topography, this British-built Land Rover pickup looks just about right in its textured tan livery. Not too perfect that you'd be scared to drive it (they weren't perfect when they were new, after all), it's ideal for heading out into the wilderness to get some work done, are for traversing the concrete jungle. Think of the stir you'll create at the local Home Depot when you start sliding your supplies into the big bed, which includes a set of seats with newer vinyl pads. Either way, this truck knows what it's doing. You can see the exposed rivets used in its construction, and the aluminum skin remains in great condition with no major issues, further protected by the tread plates on top of the fenders and on the rocker panels. Black mesh grating protects the front grille along with the outer lights on the wings that are a nice addition not found until the Series III came out in 1971, and seriously, is there anything cooler than just strapping your spare tire to the hood? Totally functional. The bed is nicely finished as well, and although there's no top, they can be easily sourced, or just enjoy it in the open air! Trust us, this Landy0 can handle pretty much anything Mother Nature throws at it.
Yes, it's basic inside, but that's purely the point, isn't it? Three-abreast black vinyl bucket seating is cozy but functional, as long as the driver, who is on the right-hand side mind you, has access to all the levers in the center that control the transfer case and 4-speed shifter. About the only concession to comfort are those newer seats, while the rest is purely form following function. The gauges are in the center of the dash to accommodate both left- and right-hand drive models and the heater box is literally a box with a fan on the back. The restoration/preservation was thorough enough to ensure that all the switches, knobs, and gauges look their best, and the three-spoke steering wheel is a big comfortable piece that could be the original. Out back there's plenty of room for multiple passengers, along with expanded cargo area thanks to storage compartments under the seats.
It's not fast, but thanks to the venerable and torquey 2.25 liter inline-four diesel engine, it'll get you wherever you need to go if you've got the time. Only a Sherpa can go more places and again, durability and ease of maintenance were the goals. The block is cleaned but not detailed for show and the entire engine bay was designed for the dust of the desert and the high waters of the Nile, keeping the Land Rover pushing forward under any conditions. Check out how big the radiator is, the heavy-duty exhaust system tucked underneath, and the oversized axles designed to really handle the rough stuff. It's all been well cared for, so it rides and handles as it should, and you'll be surprised how nimble it feels, both on and off the pavement. Simple white painted steel wheels are the right look and they carry pavement-friendly 245/75/16 radials that ride and handle far better than the original lugs and bias-plys.
When was the last time you saw one of these? Now imagine the fun you can have not only playing in the dirt, but actually using it as intended. You know, as a truck! Call now!