Land Rover : Series III (1971-1983)
The series three (SIII) Land-Rover is most easily identified by the plastic radiator grille and by the headlights on the wings (late SIIA's also had headlights on the wings). Inside, the metal parcel shelf was replaced with a "plastic one" and the instruments were moved to a position behind the steering wheel. There are other small refinements - new door and bonnet hinges for example.
The main mechanical advance was the introduction of synchromesh on all four forward gears. However the consequent gearbox alterations make the unit less robust than that in the series IIA.
This Land Rover SIII SWB HT was captured at the
1996 Canberra 4WD show.
It has the "station wagon" rear windows
(square cornered and sliding) and the tropical roof (double skinned).
The deluxebonnet is distinguished by its rounded leading edge.
Note the free wheel hubs and the winch fairlead on the "Mack"
(Thanks to LRC(ACT) and Karl Bossard.)
Colin O's Land-Rover series three short wheel base model
has a few modifications:
253 (4.2L) V8, Nissan gearbox,
Defender 110 rear axle, diff' lock,
Range Rover front end.
This ex-army long wheel base series three Land-Rover
has lockers front and rear.
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