Land Rover Series 2 1959 short wheelbase 88 inch The Hill Stock 256
The Series 2 Land Rover is by far the shortest production run of any of the Series Land Rover range and this is a particularly rare example. Only produced between 1958 and 1961, a brief span of less than three years before being superseded by the Series 3.
This example was first registered on the 1st of May 1959 and has the distinctive features of windout vents and a solid steering cap, which are extremely rare.
The Series 2 is recognised as being the most collectible and the fastest appreciating example of the range.
Fitted with the robust 2.250 diesel engine.
This vehicle was used as a daily drive by smallholder in the West of England who retained it as a loyal servant for many years, claiming that it was the only vehicle that would always get him up the hill, hence the name.
Registered as Historic vehicle MOT and Tax exempt
Introduced in April 1958, exactly 10 years after the original was shown in Amsterdam. Both “Regular” and “Long” models had the same wheelbases as the Series I they replaced, but there were many important differences. Most obvious was the styling by Rover’s David Bache, which was impressive enough to survive with only minor changes into the 21st century. It provided barrel-sides to cover axles with wider tracks, plus a sill panel to conceal the underpinnings, and a particularly neat truck cab option. Mechanical changes focussed on a new and much more powerful petrol engine, this time an OHV four-cylinder of 2286cc. However, the 88-inch models retained the old 2-litre engine until Summer 1958. The existing 2052cc diesel, a close cousin of the new petrol engine, remained available. The usual range of body styles was on offer – soft top, truck cab, and Station Wagon (see below). Overseas buyers could also have a Window Hardtop model. Bronze Green was still the most popular colour, but there were six others: Beige, Dark Grey, Light Green, Light Grey, Marine Blue and Poppy Red, the latter for fire engines. There were 60,456 88-inch Series II models, of which just 9,539 were diesel-powered. The last five 1500-series chassis (from 1960) appear to have had Perkins diesel engines from new.
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