1976 Land ROVER SANTANA 88 with REBUILT 12J ENGINE
ACTUAL VIN# E50718871
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 Norfolk, VA or Houston, TX. No additional costs. No work on your part. You just pick the car up from the port, fully cleared and released. NOTE: Many other ports are available at additional cost, including ports on the west coast of the United States and all three major ports in Canada. 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?In classic (and correct) satin-finish Marine Blue paint, tan canvas roof and white Defender wheels with 7.5x16 tubeless tires, it has the timeless Series III look in a soft top form all ready for summer. Straight, clean, structurally rust-free and with a freshly rebuilt 2.5L engine, it looks the business and drives with vastly superior power and driveability similar to an early Defender.
Everything cosmetic has been attended to. The bodywork is straight and panels gaps are excellent throughout. The paint - applied with the satin finish of the original Series III - is done to a high standard. The original galvanized beltline trim has aged wonderfully and other exterior details, free of damage, have the correct gentle touch of patina.
Inside, the original three abreast front seats have ew foams and have been recovered in correct black vinyl. The twin folding rear jump benches are brand new. The tan soft top, constructed from the original style “double duck” English canvas is fitted over a new galvanized hoop set.
Underneath, the chassis is entirely free of structural rust, with no perforation or concerns anywhere. Not in the frame, bulkheads, cross members, suspension pickup points, floors or doors. This is a very, very solid vehicle from top to bottom.
The Defender wheels, which look very much like their Series III counterparts, are more modern and tubeless, and have been fitted with new 7.5x16 tires for a chunky, stylish look and additional ground clearance.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?Driving an original Series III 88, particularly a soft top, is as close to pure freedom as motoring gets. With a freshly rebuild 2.5L 12J Defender engine, this example has substantially more power and mid range torque, giving you the flexibility to run with modern traffic on all but the fastest highways, and providing a driving experience that is still classic… yet better in pretty much every way.
Wired with Defender glow plug circuitry, the new engine fires quickly with minimal warming necessary even in the coldest weather, and settles into a smooth and relaxed idle with no smoke or clatter. Select first and with a new clutch the 88 jumps off the line with authority, the gearbox snicking up and down through the cogs with the notchy precision of a rifle bolt. Steering, typically heavy at parking lot speeds, lightens up underway, and is direct and precise at all times. Recently serviced, the brakes haul the 88 down from any attainable speed without drama, noise, vibration, or drifting. And when you’re done for they day? Just turn the key off. With Defender wiring, the engine just shuts off. None of this “pulling out the kill plunger” business like a typical Series III.
Off road is where any Series Land Rover really comes into its own, and it’s easy to dismiss these things as cute little vintage trucks as being better to look at than to drive. But don’t make that mistake. Off road, an 88 is still a match for almost any 4x4 ever made, and with the oversized 7.5x16” rubber on this example, it’s even more true here. Mud, sand, fallen trees, rocks, grille deep water… the 88 will shrug it all off and keep on chugging, so when you get your 88, make sure you actually use it. Take the kids camping. Fill it with fishing rods and reach that high mountain stream no one else can drive to. Lash some boards to the sides and find the surf breaks that only the locals know about. Or just explore, confident the Land Rover will get you there and back again, almost regardless of where “there” is.
Everything works as it should on this one. All lights and electrics work exactly as they should, it has been freshly serviced and it needs nothing for daily use.
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Seller notes:
Used
“Excellent, rust free, mechanically correct condition”
Year: 1976 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 00000000000000000
Mileage: 98000 Number of Cylinders: 4
Make: Land Rover Transmission: 4-speed manual with 2-speed transfer case
Model: 88 Series III Body Type: Convertible SUV
Trim: Santana Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 2.5L "12J" Defender 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: Black
Drive Side: Left-hand drive

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