1970 Land Rover Series III Lightweight 1/2 Ton
The concept of a lightweight, military Land Rover isn't easy to absorb at first. The Land Rover was already light by military standards, it's about as basic as a small 4x4 can be, especially with aluminum skin, but once upon a time, the automaker adopted the Lotus formula of simplifying, then adding lightness to permit several of them to be stuffed into a cargo plane. The wings had to go, of course, but the biggest technical change, one that you don't really notice in our photos, is the width. Land Rover made the already narrow Series II narrower by 4 inches, in order for it to fit under a Westland Wessex helicopter or inside the Blackburn Beverley cargo plane. The automaker also made as many parts of the 1/2 Ton model removable in the field so that the 4x4s could be shipped in pieces and then quickly reassembled on-site.
This Land Rover Series III Military vehicle was originally built for the Belgium army as an original 12 Volt Tow vehicle. It is a left hand drive fitted with the tough 2.25 litre OHV inline 4-cylinder engine offering a conservative 73 bhp at 4,200 rpm, and it’s mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with 2 speed transfer box. It has both high and low range, with disengageable four wheel drive. It was recently stripped down to the frame and rebuilt in 2015. The engine was rebuilt in 2018. Transmission was rebuilt along with differentials, brakes, axles, master cylinder, new switches and new relays. The frame has been media blasted and painted. The bulkhead has been blasted and painted. Switches including blackout function are in proper working order as well as the rear convoy light.
*This vehicle is 1973, however is Titled as 1970.
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