The Land Rover Series II
The Series II Land Rover made its first public
appearance in 1958, almost 10 years to the day after the original
Series I. It was the re-styling which prompted this model
to carry the Series II tag. Earlier Land Rover models were
only now known as Series I's. A new 88" Series II cost
£640 and a 109in £730 (approx AU$1,600 and AU$1,800
In the first year 28,000+ Series II's were
produced and the following year 34,000+. By
1961 some minor modifications had been made and the introduction
of the new diesel 2,286cc prompted the name change to Series
IIA. Though the real reason for the
"A" was a change in chassis numbering to use a suffix
1962 saw the introduction of the 12 seater
Series IIA stationwagon. This was classifiable in the UK as
a bus. Hence it became very popular due to it attracting lower
SIIA Martin Walter dormobile conversion
A large range of special vehicles were built
on the Series II chassis. Land Rover advertising of the period
quoted no less than 27 different body styles being available.
Advertising of the period also stated that the heater "...provides
ample warmth in the cab"!
It was the Series IIA which was reported as being "preferred
by the police of 37 countries and the bandits of at least
In the early 60's the Australian army adopted the Series II
as its first Land Rover and Santana started production in
The 250,000th and 500,000th Land Rovers were
Series II's and Series IIA's respectively.
The Series IIA Land Rover was replaced by
the Series III in 1971.