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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Comments

    • Gustavo Carreras
      Gustavo Carreras

      Me and my stock '73 series III are proud of this video!

      about 15 days ago
    • Blokdoc
      Blokdoc

      Technically it’s supposed to be an off roader it but we sometimes like to have it as a primary vehicle (like this if you agree with me )

      about 24 days ago
    • americansemiotics
      americansemiotics

      Total dochebag adventure machine. What a horrible human being.

      about 1 month ago
    • Mark Perry
      Mark Perry

      Really makes me miss my ’66 S2A.

      about 1 month ago
    • elin van egmond
      elin van egmond

      Can Anyone please tell me which song they used? The piano? :)

      about 1 month ago
    • Russ63
      Russ63

      I really hope he doesn't strip it back to bare aluminium

      about 1 month ago
    • Anthony Baiocchi
      Anthony Baiocchi

      I thought Matchbox didn't make Landrovers because they would always leak oil all over the carpets.

      about 1 month ago
    • Stephen Henion
      Stephen Henion In reply to Anthony Baiocchi

      Typical British.....always leaking oil!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Maurice Patterson
      Maurice Patterson

      i watched with a smile on my face the entire time. Awesome,

      about 1 month ago
    • TreasureDivers
      TreasureDivers

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

      about 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • Red Shutter Photography
      Red Shutter Photography

      A thing of pure beauty, nothing more.

      about 2 months ago
    • Pesmog
      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 2 months ago
    • Allan Osullivan
      Allan Osullivan

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

      about 2 months ago
    • Dka Dka
      Dka Dka

      كاين عندي وحدة مازوطي من النوع القصير للبيع ١٩٧٤

      about 2 months ago
    • Albert Head
      Albert Head

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

      about 2 months ago
    • Abhiraj Parmar
      Abhiraj Parmar

      I really enjoyed the review ! Keep up the great work

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Ray Hurst
      Ray Hurst

      mate i love you. you just get it straight away

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Colin Park
      Colin Park

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

      about 3 months ago
    • Touhid
      Touhid

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

      about 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Pete Spilman
      Pete Spilman

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

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Jakob
      Jakob

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

      about 3 months ago
    • Gary Low
      Gary Low

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

      about 3 months ago
    • casey4wheeldrive
      casey4wheeldrive

      she is beautiful

      about 3 months ago
    • healthyamerican
      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 4 months ago
    • dość wolny
      dość wolny In reply to healthyamerican

      I would suggest the vw beetle is the most famous.

      about 3 months ago
    • Алексей Мотыченко
      Алексей Мотыченко

      Гдее. В них метка на нижнем распредвалу? В дизеле

      about 4 months ago
    • Adam Brown
      Adam Brown

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

      about 4 months ago