SOLD 1981 Land Rover Series III 109 Inch Station Wagon



Location: Yorkshire, England

Chassis: SALLBCMG2AA/145998

Registration No: 594-JP-05 (FR) – MKW 851W (UK)

Engine: 2.25 litre diesel engine

Transmission: Four-Speed Manual

Mileage: 54,676 Miles

Colour: Beige | Black vinyl

Left Hand Drive




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History of the Land Rover

The Land Rover Series range was launched in 1948 and the model, now known as the Defender, was launched in 1983 and the continuous run finished in January 2016, after 67 years. Land Rovers were inspired by the US-built Willy's Jeep immediately after the war and by 1992 they claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they had ever built were still in use. The Defender and Series ranges have had unique international presence throughout the production run, having been exported, manufactured and produced under license by a number of other manufacturers in a variety of markets, to include Australia, Southern and North Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Pakistan and Malaysia, to name just a few.  In 1993 Land Rover decided to take the plunge into the US market after their successful launch of the Range Rover brand in 1987 in order to offer an upmarket alternative to the Jeep Wrangler targeted at adventurous buyers. Land Rover finally had to retract their offering from the North American and Canadian markets in 1997 due to economic viability. The Defenders offered in the US during the 90’s had to be significantly modified in comparison to Land Rover’s other export markets. Subsequent federal safety regulation amendments finally withdrew the Defender from the US market entirely in 1997, with Land Rover throwing their attention towards upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models that were being built from the ground up. 

The Car

It’s with great pleasure that we are able to offer our very first series III 109 Land Rover to the market. The vehicle was sourced last year from Marseille in southern France. It’s a one-owner vehicle on historic black French number plates. The registration plate number is etched onto the windows for security and matches the plates the vehicle currently wears thus confirming the single registration and ownership. The vehicle looks to have participated in a French to Morocco rally in the past, based on a rally sticker that was found on the rear door. We repatriated the vehicle back to the UK early last year and set about carrying out a sympathetic refurbishment of the mechanical drivetrain brake system along with refurbishing the interior. The outcome is a really original truck with plenty of character that can be used and enjoyed. It would be an excellent edition to a vineyard or ranch.



The condition of the exterior can be described as characterful, it’s not perfect by any sense of the word. There’s plenty of battle scars that I’m sure tell some fantastic stories. The vehicle looks to have gone through a zebra inspired stripe paint job at some point. The remnants of this have now mostly worn away revealing the original paint finish. There is some damaged galvanized capping to the rear which could be replaced to tidy up the original bodywork. I personally don’t feel replacing the capping as it would detract from it's originality.


Paintwork is original, the signs of hand-painted elements on the front wings. Overall, there is a certain charm in the way it presents. I wouldn’t be messing with it. Once it’s gone it’s gone.


The vehicle wears original Land Rover steel wheels completed with a matching set of Victoria tires


The interior presents well. The dashboard is in good condition with the exception of one crack as is the binnacle cluster. Door cards are unfortunately missing but could be easily replaced with vinyl backed card style ones. Both front and second row seats have been fully re-trimmed. There is also a two-man rear bench in the rear carries is its original vinyl.


Original three spokes steering wheel is in place. Presents in very fine condition with no cracks to note.


The engine is the original 2 ¼ four-cylinder diesel. It fires into life easily and runs well. Not going to win any races however it does the job without making a fuss. The engines have recently been revised and was removed during the mechanical overhaul. Leak free and comes fully serviced.


The gearbox is charming with neat little short shifts on it’s for speed box. Doesn’t put a foot wrong. Transfer box also engages with no issues.


Structurally, the frame is exceptional lightest of surface corrosion in places however entirely original including the rear crossmember. It is very rare for a vehicle of this age at testament to Francis dry southern region. The passenger and driver floors and bulkhead are also original which is exceptional indeed.


The vehicle is accompanied with a UK V5C registration document along with bills for recent refurbishment and and a heritage certificate from the British motor museum confirming the vehicle was delivered new to British Leyland France S.A, and Assembled in Solihull. The certificates details also confirm the vehicle is still presents in entirely original state and unaltered.






The car is accompanied with its original Austin Rover Spanish technical inspection logbook that documents the car’s technical specification. The car’s last technical inspection (ITV) in Spain was in 2019. The vehicle also comes with an English translated Spanish DGT history report. A whole catalogue of photographs can be sent on request.


The vehicle is supplied with a Spanish export registration (Permiso de Circulación) ready for registration in buyers' chosen country, either EU or other.

The vehicle has an ITV (MOT) stamp certificate (Permiso de Circulación), and comes complete with a Spanish DGT History report certificate for proof of previous owners, mileage check and further history etc. We are happy to provide registration documentation and reports on request.

We are well acquainted with shipping Range Rovers and classic cars worldwide, with regular shipments to Dubai, Canada and the USA. Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss import costs, shipping costs, or for a recommended shipping agent in your location to assist with customs clearance.

For US buyers we can offer the following inclusive shipping and customs clearance package:

  • Port Delivery

  • Sea Fright by RoRo from Southampton, UK Port to East Coast US Ports.

  • Export Customs Clearance

  • US Import Clearance & ISF filing, DOT/EPA Form Submission 

Fee Price: $2,950.00

This leaves you only responsible for paying US customs duty & customs bond to our US customs broker upon clearance of your vehicle from Baltimore port. We can arrange inland delivery to your driveway at an additional cost.

Note: Excludes US customs duty chargeable at 2.5% of vehicle value for passenger vehicles and customs bond chargeable at $4.50 per $1,000 of 3 x the value, along with cargo insurance and customs exam fees, If applicable.






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