1972 LAND ROVER SANTANA 109 (Series IIA)
ACTUAL VIN# E60219901
NOTE: THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN DENIA, SPAIN, but I ship to the USA. Please check my feedback, and please read the entire listing before bidding.
I am an American, living in Spain, and I sell and export vehicles to the USA regularly. Although shipping costs are not included in the price of the sale, I work every month with an established worldwide shipper and will work directly with the buyer to arrange delivery to the USA. I will drop the vehicle off at the port of Valencia for you at no additional cost, prepare all the proper documentation for shipping to the USA, and handle all the US customs and importation on the USA side.
If you would like me to handle the shipping, customs paperwork, and everything for you, the cost is a flat-rate of $2500, port-to-port, to your choice of Baltimore, MD or Jacksonville, FL. No additional costs. No work on your part. You just pick the car up from the port, fully cleared and released. NOTE: Other ports are now available at slight additional cost, including ports on the west coast of the United States. Inquire for details.
Once the vehicle is in your possession, you will also have all the documents you need to register the car in 49 states (California excepted). I can even arrange transportation within the USA, from the port to your driveway. In short, I am here to help with every step of the process of delivering this vehicle to you.
You are of course welcome to fly here and test the car for yourself before you bid, but if that is not feasible, I will be happy to take additional photos, videos, etc. and send them to you. Whatever you need. We can speak on the telephone, or by Skype, so you can see the vehicle in real time before you bid.
If you have any questions, please ask and I will post as many answers here as possible.
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WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?How should a Series Land Rover look? Beautifully restored? Or wearing the kind of honest, proper patina that can only be achieved through the kind of use a Land Rover was designed for? If you'd argue for the latter, we have your vehicle.
We purchased this extremely low mileage Series IIA from the son of the original owner, who had been continuing to lightly use it regularly, just as his family had done for more than a generation. Sun bleached and charmingly weathered, it has always been entirely rust free and mechanically perfect, and it is ready for daily use without worry.
Remarkably straight for a 46 year old vehicle, the largely original Marine Blue paint has been sun bleached to a lovely blue/gray, and the bodywork wears the nicks and scuffs and scars of a life properly lived. Free of filler and completely without rust, it is a fantastic looker that gets attention wherever it is parked, and encourages honks of the horn and enthusiastic thumbs up from everyone who sees it. The tropical roof is fully removable, and the new NATO wheels carry oversized 235/85-16 Dakar tires for increased ground clearance and a muscled-up appearance.
Inside, the three-abreast front seats have been recovered in dark gray with new foams, and the floors are clean and undamaged. All gauges and lights and switches function as normal. Underneath, the chassis is entirely straight and entirely free of rust. There is no rust anywhere - not in the frame longitudinals, cross members, suspension pickup points, bulkheads, floors, door... No rust anywhere.
No leaks, either. Park it in your garage for a month and when you pull it out again, you'll find nothing on the floor underneath. No drips, no nothing. It's a classic, correct and wonderful looking 109.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?These Series IIA's are a delight. After warming the glow plugs a bit, it fires instantly and idles smoothly, with no undue clatter or smoke. The clutch is typically firm and takes up at the correct height, and the gear change is crisp, positive and notchy, exactly as it should be.
Underway, the legendary two-and-a-quarter liter Rover diesel pulls with lusty determination, and acceleration is perfectly adequate to keep up with modern traffic on anything but interstate highways. Steering, normally heavy at parking lot speeds, is remarkably light in this example, even with the oversized rubber, and is direct and sure underway. The braking, similarly, is is positive and strong, with no wooden feel to the pedal and plenty of progressive feel for modulation. In short, it pulls with typical pluck, shifts beautifully, and goes where you point it with ease, and when it's time to stop, it does so with no noise, vibration or pulling.
The 2WD/4WD transfer case engages with no balkiness, and both low and high range work perfectly with no noise. If you are feeling inclined, you can of course remove the roof (and the top portions of the doors) and run the truck fully open. You can even fold down the windscreen if you're feeling randy. But if you don't, with the front vents open and the tropical roof in place, it does a great job of keeping the summer sun at bay and is a remarkably refreshing and airy place to spend time.
Everything works as it should. All gauges, lights and switches work as intended, and the vehicle has recently passed the rigorous Spanish safety inspection without issue. It needs nothing for daily use, on road or off.
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“Rust free and mechanically perfect with wonderful original patina”
Year: 1972 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 00000000000000000
Mileage: 56,116 Number of Cylinders: 4
Make: Land Rover Transmission: 4-speed manual w/ 2-speed transfer case
Model: Defender Body Type: SUV
Trim: Santana 109 Series IIA Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 2.25L Rover Diesel Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: 4WD Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Convertible
Fuel Type: Diesel Exterior Color: Marine Blue
For Sale By: Dealer Interior Color: Gray
Drive Side: Left-hand drive