|by James Taylor
The series III Land Rovers enjoyed a long production run of nearly fifteen years, taking over from the series IIA types in 1971. They overlapped with the new coil-sprung models in their last two years between 1983 and 1985, and were the last leaf-sprung Land Rovers. They stood at a crossroads in the marque's history because, in Stage 1 V8 form from 1979, they embraced the new technology of permanent four-wheel drive, which would become a Land Rover trademark.
Precise production figures are still in doubt, but were close on the half-million mark. That number embraced a huge variety of different specifications, and enthusiasts today often have difficulty in discovering what their vehicles would have been like when they were new. Many series IIIs have been modified in service over the years, which means that there are few completely original vehicles around to use as reference guides.
This book follows its predecessor, Land Rover Series II and IIA Specification Guide, in trying to establish exactly how its subject vehicles would have been when they were new. Compiled over a period of more than thirty years, the book draws on extensive reference material from Land Rover itself, and on the observations and knowledge of an army of enthusiasts. It will function as a comprehensive reference guide to the specifications of the various series III Land Rovers, and also to the dozens of options, items of special equipment and major conversions. In addition, it covers military versions of the civilian series IIIs, the military-only Lightweight or Half-Ton model, and the special models built for overseas markets and in overseas countries.
With around 400 illustrations, this is the most wide-ranging book yet written on the series III Land Rovers, and is certain to become the standard reference guide for restorers and enthusiasts.
- the life and times of the Series III
- vehicle identification
- chassis and running gear
- engine and exhaust
- body and electrical
- optional extras
- special equipment
- major conversions
- attachments and equipment
- British military specifications
- the military Half-Ton or Lightweight
- overseas specials and CKD production
Hardcover, 21,5 x 30,5 cm, 160 Seiten, ca. 400 überwiegend farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text