We're fans of the vehicles that the boys at Valencia Classic Vehicles import and based on their eBay account, it looks like they just had a ship come in - literally. They have a wide array of Spanish Santana's to choose from but this scruffy 109 driver caught our eye.
This 78 Santana has everything that we would want: 4 doors, a diesel motor, 4 speed transmission with overdrive, and power steering. On the superficial side of things, tan / limestone with matching wheels and a tropical roof look great.
The price is right at $12,500 and the condition is commensurate with it. The truck includes "standard Land Rover rust in non-structural areas" but the seller claims that all of the important parts: chassis, longitudinals, crossmembers, and pickup points are all clean.
Even from some semi-distant photos some repairs are visible on a number of panels and paint is inconsistent. For $12,500 we're not terribly concerned as long as nothing sinister is being hidden underneath. The spare is currently mounted on the hood, though it looks like it lived on the rear door at some point.
Mechanically, the seller says that things are in excellent shape with an easy starting diesel, good clutch, brakes, and suspension. Power steering is a nice option and should make driving slightly less tractor-like.
The interior is well worn but clean and complete. All of the windows look to be free of cracks and we actually prefer these early sliders if the rattling doesn't drive you nuts. The 10 passenger layout is an efficient use of space if you really need it, and the folding jump seats in the rear leave lots of room for cargo.
There are plenty of flaws and potential issues here, but those same issues could be present on trucks costing three times as much. It's hard to argue with a driver, 4 door, diesel, LHD, 109 Rover for $12,500 with a Virginia title. If we weren't in the middle of another deal, we'd be driving down to Richmond right now.
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