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Land Rover Series 2/2A

Utility Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: United Kingdon (and many others)
First Produced/Service Dates: Series 2 = 1958 -1961
Series 2A = 1961 - 1971
Series 2A "Lightweight" = 1967-1971
Manufactured by: Land Rover
Crew: Lightweight = 2+2?
SWB= 2+4?
LWB = 2+6?
Armament: None. However, some of the "specialist" vehicles are armed.
Engine: Multiple Engine Options including (4) Cylinder Diesel and Petrol and (6) Cylinder Petrol (LWB - Only From 1967)
Miscellaneous Info: The main difference between Series 2 and Series 2A vehicles was the upgraded (4) Cylinder Petrol Engine.  Externally, they are almost indistinguishable, besides the fact that some of the later Series 2A vehicles had their lights moved further outward into the fender "wings" (rather than in the radiator grill) in approximately 1968.

The Series 2/2A was offered in three main variants, the 88 inch "Short" wheelbase vehicle (SWB), 88 inch wheelbase "Lightweight" (Air Portable) vehicle and the 109 inch "Long" wheelbase (LWB) vehicle.  Soft and hard topped versions were also offered as well. Generally, many of the Series 2/2A vehicles would have been considered General Service Vehicles (GS) as they were not Fitted for Radio (FFR).  However, later Series 2A vehicles were the first Land Rovers equipped with FFR equipment.


Many Series 2/2A Land Rovers have been modified for combat duties and are armed and/or armored.  Some examples are the SAS "Pink Panther" Patrol Vehicle and the Australian "Gun Buggy".
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Land Rover Series 2 SWB Soft Top (Early Production) Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Land Rover Series 2 (FFR) SWB Photo Dave Haugh
Land Rover Series 2 LWB Soft Top (Early Production) Photo Dave Haugh
(and Photo Above) Land Rover Series 2A SWB Soft Top (Cyclops Squadron 2 Royal Tank Regt.)  Photo Clive Elliott - Salisbury, UK
Land Rover Series 2A LWB with 120mm WOMBAT Recoilless Rifle Photo (Yemen) Dave Haugh
Land Rover Series 2/2A LWB with Vigilant ATGM Photo Dave Haugh
Land Rover Series 2A Ambulance (Royal Air Force Vehicle) Photos John Tapsell - UK

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover Series 2/2A Information and Photos Ex-Military Land Rover Association
Land Rover Series 2/2A Information and Photos Land Rover Series 2 Club Website
"Land Rovers That Fire Missiles" by Clive Elliott The Shorland Site

Printed

Reference Author
Airborne Landies In Detail: Lightweights in British and Czech Collections (Wings & Wheels Publications - G049) Ales' Kautsky' and Frantisek Koran

"Birthday Boy (Series 2A Lightweight)" (December 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Ian Young

British Military Land Rovers: Leaf Sprung Land Rovers in British Military Service (Heritage & Sons, Ltd.)

James Taylor & Geoff Fletcher

Combat Land Rovers: Land Rover Monthly Portfolio No. 1 (Brooklands Books)

Bob Morrison
"Death Row Pardon: (Australian Series 2A Workshop)" (January 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young
"Into the Archives: Land Rover In Military Service" (December 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Les Freathy
Land Rover 1948-1984, The: A Collector's Guide (Motor Racing Publications) James Taylor
"Land Rover Buyer's Guide: Part 1" (August 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)  Ian Young
Land Rover Defender: The World's Most Versatile Military Off-Road Vehicle (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze

Land Rover Military Portfolio (Brooklands Books)

Bob Morrison
  "Legendary Lightweight, The" (November 2016 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) James Taylor
"Lightweight Land Rover" (December 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
Military Land Rover: 1948 Onwards (Series 1-3, Defender, 101, Wolf, Etc.) Enthusiast's Manual (Haynes Publishing) Pat Ware
Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware
"Military Land Rovers" (Special Supplement in the August 2016 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) John Carroll

"Military Roverphile (Early Series 2A Land Roves used in the Australian Defence Force)" (March 2010 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

James Taylore

"Military Roverphile (Gunships)" (April 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

James Taylore
"Military Roverphile: Special Forces Military Land Rovers" (January 2010 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Taylor
"On Patrol: Part 1" (March 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
"Series IIA Land Rover" (May 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
"Three's a Crowd (Land Rover Series IIA Lightweight Restoration)" (March 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Louise Limb

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover Series II/III 1/2 Ton Airportable/Lightweight Truck Model Kit (TQ-203) Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media
Land Rover 7 Ambulance (Series 2) Model kit (35082) Tamiya 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Older Release.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover Series IIA/III "Good Year" Tyre Set (LRA005) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover Series IIA/III "Bridgestone" Sand Tyre Set (LRA006) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover Series 2/3 Wheel Set (352003) BSM (Spain) 1/35 Resin; Can be used for any Series 2 or 3 Land Rover Model Kit.
Land Rover Series 2/3 Spare Tire Set (352006) BSM (Spain) 1/35 Resin. Can be used for any Series 2 or 3 Land Rover Model Kit.
120mm L6 WOMBAT Anti Tank Gun (with Airportable Land Rover mount) (TQ-210) Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media
Land Rover Long Wheel Base (Series 2/2A) Workable Leaf Spring Set (VMD35022)   Minor Model 1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For All 1/35 Model Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider