The Land Rover Series IIA is considered by many to be the hardiest Series model constructed. It is also quite possibly the model that features most strongly in the general public's perception of the Land Rover, from its many appearances in popular films and television documentaries set in Africa throughout the 1960s, such as Born Free. In February 1968, just a few months after its manufacturer had been subsumed, under government pressure, into the Leyland Motor Corporation, the Land Rover celebrated its twentieth birthday, with total production to date just short of 600,000, of which more than 70% had been exported. It was whilst the Series IIA was in production that sales of utility Land Rovers reached their peak, in 1969-70, when sales of over 60,000 Land Rovers a year were recorded. Compare that with sales of the Defender in recent years which have been around the 25,000 level since the 1990s. As well as record sales, the Land Rover dominated many world markets - in Australia, for example, the Land Rover held 90% of the 4×4 market in the 1960’s. This figure was repeated in many countries in Africa and the Middle East.
This very good 1963 Land Rover Series IIA SWB was owned for a long time by an elderly couple who loved the 1960’s shape but wanted something easier to drive so they set about, at great expense, having the mechanics updated. This was done by using the diesel engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes and fittings from a 1995 Land Rover Defender TDi. They also fitted the car with electric windows. Finished in green with black interior, this Land Rover is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2019. A classic Land Rover with the benefit of more recent mechanics giving more speed and better pulling power.