Land Rover SIIA GS 109

Australian Army in the 1960s

The Series IIA is considered by many the most hardy Series model constructed. It is also the type of classic Land Rover that features 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. Certainly 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 (for comparison, the sales of the Defender in recent years have been around the 25,000 level since the 1990s). As well as record sales, the Land Rover dominated many world markets- in Australia in the 1960s Land Rover held 90% of the 4x4 market. This figure was repeated in many countries in Africa and the Middle East.

It was produced between 1961 and 1971. There were some minor cosmetic changes from the II, and the 2.25-litre Diesel engine was introduced. Also the 2.6-litre straight-6 petrol engine was introduced for use in the long wheelbase models in 1967.

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Interesting Facts

The story of Land Rover from it’s inception as a way to save the Rover company to its becoming the SUV of choice for the landed gentry. The design for the original Land Rover vehicle was started in 1947 by Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, on his farm in Newborough, Anglesey.[11] It is said that he was inspired by an American World War II Jeep that he used one summer at his holiday home in Wales.[12][13] The first Land Rover prototype, later nicknamed ‘Centre Steer’, was built on a Jeep chassis and axles.

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The Series IIA is considered by many the most hardy Series model constructed. It is also the type of classic Land Rover that features 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.

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Technical Specifications

 

Capacities
Cooling System
10.25ltrs
Crankcase
6.25ltrs
Differential
1.7ltr
Fuel Tank
2x 50ltrs
Transmission
1.4ltrs
Transfer
2.5ltrs
Crew
Operating
1
Dimensions
Height
72,057mm
Length
4,445mm
Width
1,676mm
Ground Clearance
228mm
Tire Size
7.50-16
Tire Pressure Front
224hwy,18cc
Tire Pressure Rear
46hwy,30cc
Tread
Bargrip
Transmission
4 speed manual
Front Axle
Manual lock Hubs
Differential
open centers
Wheelbase
2,769mm (109")
Electric system
12 Volt
Engine Type
Type
Inline 4cyclinder
Number of Cylinders
4
Cu-In. Displacement
2.25ltr - (2250 cc)
Horsepower
70hp/4000rpm
Torque
120lbft2000rpm
Compression Ratio
8 to 1

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