A vintage Land Rover wagon is on our roster, and has been since we first saw one lumbering around town when we were kids. Though this Spanish built Santana doesn't have the full panache of its English counterparts, there's a lot to like here. This truck could be especially dangerous for us since it’s close by, we have some 912 money in our pockets, and the ever present itch to tick another car off or our roster grows exponentially with an open garage spot.
The seller says that this truck was imported from Spain in 2016 and was restored in 2015. We're suckers for limestone paint and a white roof, especially when the wheels are also painted white. The "beauty" shots seem to have been while this truck was in Spain do hopefully nothing much has changed. If anything, a little bit of age on the paint could be a good thing to reveal any flaws that were being hidden.
Seats up front received new upholstery with what looks to be a nicely matched pattern. The second row of seats look to be in nice original condition, and the seller says that there is seating for 10 so we're guessing that the very back has two sets of folding safari seats. The seller notes a missing horn button and sun visors but claims that the rest of the trim is in good shape. We love the shot with the dashboard vents open that show that the cooling system is basically an open path to the outside.
The 2.25 liter diesel received a new head gasket and injectors and the cooling system was also recently serviced. The steering box was rebuilt and the seller notes some syncro wear in 3rd and 4th. If the syncros do need to be addressed, we'd see about sourcing a 5 speed from a later model.
Underneath things look clean and rust free and photos show what look to be a relatively new muffler as well.
Though it's a little older than we'd like for a Santana, we are into the Series III vibes and left hand drive of this truck. The photos all present a very nice looking truck, but they’re a bit limited so a trip to Baltimore could shed a lot of light on this import. We'd probably have to take Route 30 on the way back to avoid running on the PA Turnpike with flashers on the whole way home but that sounds like a nice little trip to us.
Find this Spanish Import on eBay for an asking price of $20,000.
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