Long before it was turned into a model name, the thrill of discovery had become a fundamental piece of the Land Rover story. And while the English 4x4s have enjoyed a renaissance of popularity as of late, for every pristine one parked in a spotless garage there’s an old workhorse being chucked through the mud, used as intended. Basem Wasef falls into the latter camp; his 1963 Series IIA cleans up pretty nicely, but it looks much better fording than it does parked and polished. Early Land Rovers like this one are pieces of equipment built for prolonged and hard use. A tool for travel, for exploration, for finding the pleasure in mechanical purity. To drive it requires constant adjustment and attention, and you’ll barely hit highway speeds down a hill, but to be part of a different era and attitude of the automobile is well worth it.

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    • TreasureDivers

      What a lovely poetic description of owning a Land Rover Series , Thank you for sharing :-)

      about 2 days ago
    • Pauly Paul
      Pauly Paul

      I had a 1962 Series IIA once, and it was great fun. It was probably the only car I could always get started (often involving the starting handle in mid-winter), and I could take it pretty much anywhere. What I always loved about the early Landies was that there was a power take-off on the rear in case you wanted to use the car as a tractor and use a bit of farm machinery in case your tractor was being repaired.

      I'm in England, so old Land Rovers are quite common and you could pick them up for less than £1000 (about US$1300), but the price has been rising recently since they stopped making them. I'm aware of how stupidly priced they are in the US. Surely you don't like them THAT much?

      I kinda regret selling my old Landie, but the nice thing about selling a Landie is that you know it will still be running around somewhere.

      about 4 days ago
    • Red Shutter Photography
      Red Shutter Photography

      A thing of pure beauty, nothing more.

      about 10 days ago
    • Pesmog

      I must have driven seventy series 2 and 2a Short Wheelbase cloth backed versions over the years as a friend of mine used to buy them in bulk off of the utilty companies in the late 1970's. It was the first car I ever drove, the first car I ever tipped over and the first one that I ever got stuck in mud. A little fact that is not widely known; a batch of 2wd series 2/2a versions were built for the British army (and also I think the Hong Kong Police). I drove at least 15 of those over the years and they were totally hopeless off road as you can imagine.

      about 12 days ago
    • Allan Osullivan
      Allan Osullivan

      I have a 1958 series 1 short wheel base all original still goes

      about 22 days ago
    • Dka Dka
      Dka Dka

      كاين عندي وحدة مازوطي من النوع القصير للبيع ١٩٧٤

      about 22 days ago
    • Albert Head
      Albert Head

      No self-resepcting Landrover owner calles it a "car". It not a "car", you pretencious nob!

      about 26 days ago
    • Abhiraj Parmar
      Abhiraj Parmar

      I really enjoyed the review ! Keep up the great work

      about 29 days ago
    • Ray Hurst
      Ray Hurst

      i once read an article about the malaysian police force who upgraded to defenders, after a couple of months they returned them and went back to the series 3 because they could repair them at the side of the road up in the mountains.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ray Hurst
      Ray Hurst

      mate i love you. you just get it straight away

      about 1 month ago
    • Mark Walker
      Mark Walker

      So many Petrolicious cars inspire me but it’s great to see something I can afford! I love my 1966 Series IIa and this sums up why.

      about 1 month ago
    • Colin Park
      Colin Park

      I have had 4, in the midst of rebuild of 1968 109 ex-army 3 door

      about 1 month ago
    • Touhid

      An off-road 4x4, made for Off-road. & being made for the same adventure. Great work,Land Rover💯

      about 1 month ago
    • Tim Frolov
      Tim Frolov

      Question. I live near Paris. I really can't choose, do I take an old impreza or a Defender? Both are beautiful cars in some way, but totally different. I'll be driving in town mostly and I can't really go offroad anywhere so I think I'm going for the subie, but I like Defs so much :(

      about 1 month ago
    • dość wolny
      dość wolny In reply to Tim Frolov

      Defenders are tractors,work horses, rough riding and functional, however if you want comfort......

      about 1 month ago
    • Pete Spilman
      Pete Spilman

      Strip the paint off the galvanized parts and she'll look even better

      about 1 month ago
    • Machine shop at the bottom of the garden
      Machine shop at the bottom of the garden

      To keep with the true Land Rover aesthetic, you need to buy a worn out machine and do it up to keep it going for another 40 years. Not cool, but definitely vintage and a lot more true to the spirit of the vehicle

      about 1 month ago
    • Jakob

      all the things he sas about what makes this car special ist just normal for a motorcicle

      about 1 month ago
    • Gary Low
      Gary Low

      Absolutely fantastic viewing of this iconic & timeless classic Thankyou for sharing with us all my friend

      about 1 month ago
    • casey4wheeldrive

      she is beautiful

      about 1 month ago
    • healthyamerican

      i`m sorry but that saying of 2/3 of the worlds population seeing a land rover is wrong...remember the willys jeep, it was in ww2 and 600,000 were made and 300,000 were abandoned overseas after the war. no vehicle in history is as famous as the jeep

      about 1 month ago
    • dość wolny
      dość wolny In reply to healthyamerican

      I would suggest the vw beetle is the most famous.

      about 1 month ago
    • Алексей Мотыченко
      Алексей Мотыченко

      Гдее. В них метка на нижнем распредвалу? В дизеле

      about 2 months ago
    • Adam Brown
      Adam Brown

      Don’t ever take the paint off of that. It’s perfect as is

      about 2 months ago
    • Anthony Baiocchi
      Anthony Baiocchi

      Matchbox never made a series Landrover because they would of leaked oil all over the carpets.

      about 2 months ago
    • Pablo Anaut M /43.
      Pablo Anaut M /43.

      Curioso, un Land Rover en tierra de JEEP, todo Land Rover tiene alma de Jeep, no es un pensamiento, es Historia verdadera de Jeep y Land Rover, Land Rover - Santana comenzó fabricando en Linares, Jaén, España, los Serie II en 1958, pasando a fabricar ya en 1962 la Serie IIA, pero Land Rover para mercados como en Norte Americano, con muy poco margen para su venta, eran unidades fabricadas en Solihull, Inglaterra, y no por que los Land Rover Españoles de Santana fueran de inferior fabricación, todo lo contrario, solo hay que conocer, la historia y modelos de Land Rover - Santana, y posteriormente Santana Motor, con un final muy triste para Santana con IVECO.

      Enhorabuena por el Precioso Land Rover Serie IIA, que lo disfrute durante muchos años mas.

      about 2 months ago
    • Alston Swinnie
      Alston Swinnie

      How much of that series IIA is original, do you think?

      about 3 months ago
    • Delmus Dugan
      Delmus Dugan

      What a fantastic machine

      about 3 months ago
    • steve rogers
      steve rogers

      I had myself a 1956 series l 86" I ran it for about a year with it stripped right down to the bear aluminum but it constantly oxidized and became hazy so I eventually painted it in desert sand armor-coat from my local Canadian Tire store! Looked great and it was readily available for the inevitable touch-ups! Shame that your restoration painted over the galvanized cappings though, there what gives a Land Rover its true character.

      about 3 months ago
    • V_ AP
      V_ AP

      Hipster trash . Old LR's are nothing more than automotive typewriters and record players .

      about 3 months ago
    • Ricky Hineman
      Ricky Hineman

      I reallllyyyyyy want one of these now. Maybe not quite as old, but definitely an 80's or older rover. Definitely a diesel version, they're the best. I'll be keeping my eye out for one from now on!

      about 3 months ago
    • paquitos hammer
      paquitos hammer

      To bad the new junk they make has no spirit at all

      about 3 months ago