If you can get past the horrible paint and "gold package" that has been added to this 1981 Land Rover Santana, it could be a great chance to get that Series III that's on your roster for a good price.
In 1981, Santana was still officially partnered with Land Rover so there's not too much variance between these Spanish-built trucks and their British brethren. The 2.25l diesel is one departure from the official Land Rovers but none of the available motors are really standouts so it's really a moot point.
This Santana in Centerport, NY is described as being "basically rust free" which isn't terribly inspiring depending on where that rust is. Combined with an incredibly bad paint job, complete with MANY gold accents, we wonder if anything is being hidden. If it was just a poor decision to try to make a workhorse seem more like it's luxurious modern day cousins, we're ok with that. Some of the original tan paint is visible where the Euro plate would have been which makes us question just what kind of prep went into this paint job. Did they not take off the plate?
The interior looks to be in great shape, but looks like a redo to us -- we are beyond dubious about the 11,000 KM claimed on the clock.
There are lots of warning signs here pointing to a quick flip to hide issues. But if it turns out that the paint is just the result of some poor decisions, and an inspection shows no problems lurking, this could be a good chance to pick up a LHD, "Land Rover" with a clear NY state title for less than 10k.
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