1967 LAND ROVER santana 109 (series IIA)
AT A GLANCE
ENGINE: 2.25L diesel
TRANSMISSION: Four speed manual with two-speed 4WD transfer case
MILEAGE: 161.018 km (99,831 miles)
EXTERIOR: Marine Blue with White Tropical Roof and Wheels
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
After a fresh cosmetic restoration, starting from a rust free and beautifully kept original example, this 109 2-door has magnificent curb appeal and correct detailing throughout. Marine Blue paint is beautiful and all the original body panels are straight, with excellent panel fit and door gaps, front and rear. The Alaskan White roof and wheels set off the color combination in a striking and classic way, and all the original galvanized belt line trim is unmolested and correct. New front bumper, lamps and other exterior details have been attended to, and the truck looks great from every angle.
Inside, the seats have been recently reupholstered in original style black vinyl and the central dash panel has been sprayed Alaskan White to match the roof. Everything is correct and rust free, and all gauges and lights and other accessories function as they should.
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 clean, 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 is typically heavy at parking lot speeds (although less so with the correctly-sized tires) but lightens up instantly underway, and is extremely direct and without excessive play. The braking, similarly, is is positive and sure, 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.