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So, having traded in my last Puma 110 and gone for another make and I find myself without a Land Rover as an every day vehicle for the first time in decades. However the force is strong and I fancy turning the clock back and going shopping for a roadworthy, reasonably tidy Series II or III as they were the ones I had the most fun in back in the day.

It's over 25 years since I last owned a leaf sprung Land Rover but I owned plenty prior to that. While I have kept an eye on the market over those years I now wonder if some of the current eye watering prices being asked for what are in reality run of the mill examples are actually being realised - meaning are people actually paying these prices or are sellers trying their luck but having to accept more realistic sums?

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I hope it's the latter - there are some nice ones about that are worth the asking price, but there is a lot of ropey old carp with owners who have no idea of their own bad ownership and how desperately their vehicle needs a small fortune spent on it to make it a reasonable vehicle.  Some of them are chancers, most of them are just deluded.

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I recently inspected a swb s3 that was in very good condition. Not tax exempt or anything. It had the original 2.25 petrol engine in it, was a bit tatty on the inside, and the wiring was a bit butchered. Otherwise it was quite tidy. The chassis had been welded in quite a few places and the rear crossmember had been replaced. Welding quality was good - if a bit lumpy in places. The guy bought it for £3500.

 

 

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That's what I'd expect at that price now, Les, but a flick through the classifieds in the magazines shows tatty, unrestored SIIAs and SIIIs with price tags of £7-8k, still on the original chassis and the owner thinking that a recent water pump or master cylinder is a major bonus.  It's mad!

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On 10/10/2016 at 3:03 PM, Snagger said:

That's what I'd expect at that price now, Les, but a flick through the classifieds in the magazines shows tatty, unrestored SIIAs and SIIIs with price tags of £7-8k, still on the original chassis and the owner thinking that a recent water pump or master cylinder is a major bonus.  It's mad!

 

Absolutely. With a few variant exceptions, and given that they are not making any more, it is not as though the are that rare. There are plenty about in various states of preservation yet some sellers appear to believe they are flogging something that ought to be gold plated judging by the price they are asking.

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To be honest it's not just a land rover thing is it. To me, there's some strange psychological  thing going on. You only have to look at the price of MK 1 Ford escorts,  Cortina's, including the Cortina Savage, Humber Hawkes, Austin Westminster's, Wolsley, but to name a few.

Classic cars with classic lines, lights, side indicators and fins, and who could forget the smell on opening the doors, of the leather seats.

Today, they all pretty much look the same to me. 

Each car was different visually,... by a country mile, but you knew which one it was. Each car held it's place in history.   All now, sadly gone and only to behold at a classic village car event.

These vehicles all lovingly restored so that we who choose to remember them at a time when our parents took us to the coast on holiday when we were small sharing sweets of the day. Usually Opal Fruits .       What do we have today HARRIBO'S to name but one.   On a side note,..there are some young members of the car community that love the older styles and will chat with us for ages about them. 

Some people have hundred's of thousands of pounds to spend on a rebuilt series 1 only to leave it covered in a private museum along with their Lamborghini Miura;s Ford GT40'S, Ferraris, or Iso Griffo's..  Just because they can.  The high price for a rotten land rover  is only superseded by one's love and desire to bring back a classic vehicle to a working piece of excellance.    Each to there own i suppose. Is it madness i don't know. Or is it just the love of rebuilding and driving a classic.Land Rover. Only the individual can say.

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