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Land Rover Series 3

Utility Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: United Kingdon (and many others)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1971-1985
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, (6) Cylinder Petrol (LWB Only) and (8) Cylinder Petrol (LWB Only).
Miscellaneous Info: It 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. Further differentiations were General Service (GS) or Fitted for Radio (FFR) vehicles, which also come in hard and soft topped configurations and Right-hand (RHD) or Left-hand (LHD) drive variations.

Many Land Rovers have been modified for combat duties and are armed and/or armored.  Some examples are Armored Land Rovers with Vehicle Protection Kit (VPK) or High Velocity Vehicle Protection Kit (HVVPK) (AKA "Piglet" and "Makrolon") and the and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Hotspur and Simba/Shenzi Armored Patrol Vehicles.  The successor to these uparmored Series III Landy's was the Glover-Webb APV.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Photo Above Land Rover Series III LWB (FFR) Hard Top Clive Elliott - Salisbury, UK
  Land Rover Series III LWB Hard Top Photo Clive Elliott
  Land Rover Series III LWB Recce Vehicle Photo Colin Patterson - Belfast, Northern Ireland UK
Land Rover Series III LWB VPK Armored Ambulance Photo Ian Young - Editor of Military Machines International Magazine
HVVPK Armored Series III "Piglet" Land Rover Photos Ian Young
Land Rover Series III LWB Commander's Caravan Photos (Also referred to as the "Carawagon", Rover's Civilian RV/Camper) Clive Elliott
Land Rover Series III Lightweight (FFR) Recon Vehicle Photos Ron Bollen - Belgium
Land Rover Series III Lightweight Hard Top Photo Clive Elliott
RAF Land Rover Series 3 "Truck, Aircraft Craft Rescue Mark 1" (TACR-1) Vehicle Photos John Tapsell - UK
Land Rover "Simba/Shenzi Mark II" (Right) and "Tangi" (Left) Armored Patrol Vehicles Photo. "7996"
VPK Armored Land Rover Series III Lightweight Photo (Belfast, N. Ireland - 1984) Murdo - Scotland
VPK Armored Land Rover Series III Lightweight Photo Ian Young

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover Series III Information and Photos Ex-Military Land Rover Association
"Land Rovers In the Armies" Land Rover Club .Net Website
"Land Rovers That Fire Missiles" by Clive Elliott The Shorland Site
Lightweight Land Rover Information and Photos Phil's Land Rover Lightweight Website

Printed

Reference Author

Armoured and Heavy Vehicles of the RUC: 1922-2001 (Ian Allen Publishing) 

David Dunne
"Armoured Land Rovers" (June 2010 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Lyle
"British Army Vehicles In Ulster" (January 1996 Issue of Military In Scale Magazine) Bob Morrison

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

Bob Morrison

"Defender of the Realm" (March 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Geoff Fletcher
"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 1948-1984, The: A Collector's Guide (Motor Racing Publications) James Taylor
"Lightweight Land Rover" (December 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
Military Land Rover: 1948 Onwards (Series I-III, Defender, 101, Wolf, Etc.) Enthusiast's Manual  (Haynes Publishing) Pat Ware
Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware
"Miltary Roverphile: Dutch Army" (July 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Taylor
Modern Military Land Rovers: In Colour (1971-1994) (Windrow & Greene Automotive) James Taylor & Bob Morrison
"Mother of Invention" (April 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Lyle
"Off-Road Legend" (Modeling the 1/35 Italeri Land Rover 109" LWB model kit) (November 2013 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Alan Firbank
"On Patrol: Part 1" (March 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
"Series III Land Rover" (August 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Geoff Fletcher
Special Operations Landies: In detail" (G 029) (Wings and Wheels Publications) Jan W. de Boer, et al
"Thin Grey Line" (October 1995 Issue of Land Rover Owner International Magazine) Bob Morrison
"War Babies (RUC Rovers) (February 1995 Issue of Land Rover World Magazine) Paul Entwistle

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover Series III LWB Hard Top Model kit (LR012) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media Kit.
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top Model kit (LR013) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media Kit.
Land Rover Series III LWB Helicopter Support Platform Model kit (LR014) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media Kit.
RUC "Hotspur" Armored Land Rover Model kit (LR011) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media Kit.
Land Rover (Series III) LWB/Soft Top with Trailer (2322) Airfix 1/76 Injection Molded Plastic
Land Rover (Series III) LWB/Hard Top with Trailer (2324) Airfix 1/76 Injection Molded Plastic
Land Rover (Series III-LWB) 109 "Paratroopers" Model Kit (3037) Esci 1/24 Out of Production; Injection Molded Plastic.
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top (Civilian) Model Kit (3034) Esci 1/24 Out of Production; Injection Molded Plastic. Similar to Italeri's kit.
Land Rover (Series III) Lightweight Hard Top Model Kit Firing Line 1/35 Multi-Media Kit
Land Rover (Series III) Lightweight Soft Top Model Kit Firing Line 1/35 Multi-Media Kit
Land Rover Series II/III 1/2 Ton Airportable/Lightweight Truck Model Kit (TQ-203) Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media
Land Rover Series III LWB "Safari" (Civilian-Station Wagon?) Model Kit (3697) Italeri 1/24 Injection Molded Plastic.
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top (Civilian) Model Kit Italeri 1/24 Out of Production; Injection Molded Plastic.  Similar to Esci's kit.
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top (Civilian?) Model Kit (321) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Similar to Testors' kit.  Also, Revell also supposedly used this same mold.
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top Model Kit (6508) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Re-release of Testor's Kit?

Land Rover (Series III?) with 106mm M40 Recoilless Gun: Figure included (MM-R065) 

Model Miniature 1/72 Resin.

Land Rover (Series III?) with 12.7mm DSKA : Figure included (MM-R066) 

Model Miniature 1/72 Resin.
Army (MK3) Land Rover (LWB?) with VPK Armour (MM093) Mountford Model Miniatures, Ltd. 1/43 Metal and Resin
Army Land Rover with VPK Armour (Series III-LWB?) (MM116) Mountford Model Miniatures, Ltd. 1/43 Metal and Resin
Land Rover Series III LWB Soft Top Model Kit (859) Testors 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Similar to Italeri's kit
       
Aftermarket Products 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 III) LWB Hard Top Detail & Fittings Set
Firing Line 1/35 For Italeri/Revell/Testors Model Kit
Land Rover (Series III) LWB Soft Top Detail & Fittings Set
Firing Line 1/35 For Italeri/Revell/Testors Model Kit
Land Rover (Series III) LWB Detail and Conversion Set for ‘Wombat’ 120mm Anti-Tank Weapon Vehicle Firing Line 1/35 For Italeri/Revell/Testors Model Kit
Land Rover Long Wheel Base (Series III) Workable Leaf Spring Set (VMD24002)   Minor Model 1/24 Photo Etched Brass; For Esci/Italeri kits but useable for all 1/24 Model Kits.

Land Rover Wheels (MM-R081) 

Model Miniature 1/72 Resin.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider