Off-road champ 1959 Land Rover

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The Land Rover looks ready to challenge the wilderness

In the past few years, one of the fastest growing segments of the classic vehicle hobby has been vintage 4X4s. Trucks like the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ, Ford Bronco and International Scout have grown ever more popular. These vintage trucks now have their own shows and rally events, and they have become one of the hot commodities at many classic car auctions.

My favorite is the truck that invented the category, Land Rover. Every time I see or drive one of these I can’t help but imagine it trekking across the desert or through the jungle on some epic adventure. If Indiana Jones were going on an adventure in the post-war period, he would have likely chosen a Land Rover as his transportation. The Land Rover offers utility, amazing off-road capability, and it is virtually indestructible.

The Pick of the Day is one of these revered British vehicles, a 1959 Land Rover Series II located in Rio Rico, Arizona.

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The Land Rover with its tow hitch attached

According to the private seller advertising truck on ClassicCars.com, this Landie (as their owners nickname them) is finished in Desert Tan, has covered 47,000 miles and is powered by a 2.25-liter 4-cylinder engine.

This truck has received a frame-up restoration, the seller says, including a new and correct interior, a new wiring harness, an engine rebuild that included a new timing chain, new timing chain tensioner, new cam shaft, new piston rings, cylinders honed, engine block cleaned and painted, all new engine seals, new bearings and rebuilt carburetor. The front suspension was rebuilt, including new ball swivels.

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The truck has many desirable options, including a correct period roof rack with Hella Lights, aluminum sand tracks, a removable towing hitch with rock guard, and a rear light.

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The Land Rover interior is Spartan in its simplicity

The best part of owning a Land Rover is the community of people that own and love these cars. There are Land Rover clubs and event all over the country as well as internationally. The people at these events enjoy great adventures, excellent food and drink, and seem to have more fun than just about any other segment of the classic car community.

A Landie like this Series II is the perfect introduction to the fun and adventure that make up the Land Rover community, and at an asking price of $39,000, it is a good value for a go-anywhere truck.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. A land rover is not a truck. Its a land rover. A catagory all of its own. The best think is if you break it its easy to fix. The armed forces used them from day one and are still in use all over the world.

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