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Colour scheme '63 Station Wagon

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My Series IIa started life in 1963 as a stationwagon. One of the jobs I would like to do in the near future is to bring it back to the colour scheme it had originally. Last week I got some photo's of my car, taken in the early 70's. As I could remember it was Sand with a tropical roof in Limestone and Limestone rims with black centres. What puzzles me is the Limestone grille panel, never seen this before. My dad, who bought the car in '67 did not apply this. Could this have been a factory option ?

Also clearly is the matt finish, while all I see nowadays is a gloss finish. Someone opened my eyes by suggesting all paint in those days needed some waxing to remain glossy. I am very sure my dad never polished or waxed it. So gloss or matt ?

 

All help and insights appreciated !

LR88 ca'70 front.jpg

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Personnally I prefer a more Matt finish to a Series Landrover for no other reason than I just think it looks better.

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Hard to tell from that photo, especially the matt finish.

Certainly a lot of paint goes flat with age and needs polishing to keep it shiny so no great mystery there, my 109's original blue paint was basically matt by the time I got it.

As for the colour of the front panel, I'd suspect a previous owner rather than a factory option as LR were not exactly doing bespoke colour schemes back then.

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Thank you, gentlemen.

 

The first owner was an Englishman who worked for a few years with the ESTEC space agency nearby in the Netherlands. When his job here was finished he sold it. Going back to the UK and the car being LHD was not convenient. My dad bought the car then in '67 and I bought it in '77. Still have some time to make up my mind. Going to change the engine soon. Just finished rejuvenating the steering wheel, turned out real nice. To the eyes and to the touch . And I need to do some serious work on the doors . . . . . . . . . . you know how it is with mechanical stuff 50 years of age ;)

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As a big fan of series landies, and Sand as a colour for them, I'd say that the limestone grille was a later addition, as was the black wheel centres. The roof on hard top versions usually were white, but the station wagons were sometimes the vehicle colour. Not sure for what reason these were differing colours, perhaps you could choose on ordering one?

Yours looks like this one:

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https://bringatrailer.com/2014/10/08/tropical-roof-1964-land-rover-series-iia-88-station-wagon/

Groeten, Daan

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I have a feeling the white or body coloured roof was an option on CSW. Luxury indeed!

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23 hours ago, secondjeremy said:

Sand was never a standard colour for S2/2a's.  limestone was - and all were high gloss.

I am pretty sure sand was available at some stage, I have certainly seen a few that looked to have their original paint.

According to this website, it was available from 1959:

http://www.expeditionlandrover.info/Series_Land_Rover_paint.html

Daan

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I think the coloured roof was a SII/SIIA thing, not SIII, but I stand to be corrected on that.  I'm pretty sure the SIIs with coloured roofs also had matching wheels.  Not sure where the black centres came from - I have seen it a few times, and don't think it does anything positive for the appearance, but each to their own. 

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Daan, nice truck in your picture but not a true SW as evidenced by the flat bonnet. Factory SW's allways had a "Deluxe" bonnet. Even when an extra spare wheel was required there was a dished "Deluxe"bonnet to go with that option.

Snagger, don't worry about the wheels, I wll keep my Sankey dividable wheels in Military green.

As far the roof is concerned, the soft top is there to stay. In it's present state VVV.

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22 hours ago, Snagger said:

Not sure where the black centres came from - I have seen it a few times, and don't think it does anything positive for the appearance, but each to their own. 

With the greatest of respect, you're so very wrong:

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What is wrong in that quote, John?  And what has that 109 got to do with it?  That 109 has completely black wheels, not just the centre, evidently painted that way by the owners rather than LR, but I was replying to a comment about two-tone wheels.  Like I said, I've seen those a handful of times, and I'm not sure whether it was LR, a dealer, conversion specialist or just the owners who did it.

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