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Old 21 April 2016, 06:16   #21
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Now you're just teasing me Fenlander!
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Old 21 April 2016, 06:16   #22
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>>>My wife already hates them (although she's never been in one) so that is not being factored into the equation

Same here and that was factored into finally swapping to a Discovery which restored harmony!

Talking of the LR age/type that ticks personal boxes... here's mine. A petrol IIA SWB that I bought from a local estate and light restored... complete with Radiomobile radio and fug heater. We actually covered a lot of miles in that including a Cambridgeshire-Wales-Cambridgeshire day trip towing a Rice trailer to collect a horse. In truth that epic trip stretched my attachment to that LR a little but I so enjoyed driving it locally.
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Old 21 April 2016, 06:22   #23
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Now that is Landy porn... I've had my heart set on Series II for a long time but I know that I will want it to be semi practical and able to cover quite a few miles hence aiming for a slightly more refined 90 without heading towards a non-Defender...
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Old 21 April 2016, 06:30   #24
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Yes there is something special about the old ones but you have to be super keen to offset their basic nature. Finally a warning... get any LR on the drive and soon this sort of thing will be happening...

That's an early 60s Series II needing a little tidying!
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...hence aiming for a slightly more refined 90...

When you say 'slightly' you're not kidding...!

Agreed though nothing comes close to a SII or SIII in the appeal but for anything other than local pootles they are not so much fun.

Our first one:
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OK - you're going to have to stop it now... this is torturing me...

So by June I reckon I'm going to have a budget of about 5-6k which i'm hoping will secure me an okay late 90s 300TDi...
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If you are going to get a 90 then consider going ex-Mod - mine below owned for 10 years, still trying to buy it back this past few months, nothing but nothing comes close to the fun you can have in a soft-top military 90. Even your wife might grow to love it and if you have kids they will love you forever. The canvas roof is so much more practical for carrying big stuff - very difficult indeed to get anything through the tiny rear door of a hard top Landy.
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Ah well at least we had a colour match at one time Max. This is the last pic I have on the PC... our Series III SWB petrol. A genuine "high spec" Safari with correct double roof, fully lined interior, 7 seats, overdrive etc.

Another one bought locally from horse/farming folk and light restored.

Interesting thing this thread has prompted me to look at the DVLA vehicle check to find our Discovery was taken off the road 6yrs ago, the blue 90 3yrs ago but the '72 Safari below is still taxed/MOTd and the '68 green Series IIa is still MOTd but currently SORNd.

The less said about the early Series II DVLA status the better... sold as a chassis/bulkhead plus all parts to restore (what I'd planned to do) but now runs about as a tax exempt V8 with coil spring chassis and 90 bulkhead!
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