First produced 1971

Weight (Loaded):2,620kg Length:4.648m
Height (Top of cab):2.057m Width:1.524m
Wheelbase:2.230m Ground Clearance:0.210m
Maximum Road Speed:105km/h Fuel Capacity:91 litres

Engine: Engine: Rover 2.286 litre, 4 cylinder OHV developing 77 brake horse power at 4,000 rpm.

The Land Rover was first produced for the British Army in 1948, and over the years there have been many gradual developments. The 109inch Series 3 General Service vehicle, was introduced in October 1971.

The Series III Land Rover had a restyled grille, redesigned safety facia and improved gearbox. The military 109 inch GS Land Rover featured twin fuel tanks and a removable gearbox cross-member, modified front bumper and extended rear bumperettes but retained the 12 volt electrical system, the "fitted for radio" (FFR) version was a 24 volt, 90 amp, rectified electrical system, capable of charging radio batteries. The electrical system was fully suppressed, and a radio table battery carrier containing two 100 amp batteries was fitted in the rear cargo area.

There are many variants from open top vehicles armed with large numbers of machine guns, to custom bodied ambulances (FV18067). The chassis was also used as a basis for the Shorland armoured patrol vehicle and the SB401 armoured personnel carrier.


The basic GS version has bench seating in the rear and a canvas tilt. The overall impression is very spartan but very robust. The driver has no power steering, but has the option of 4x4 or 4x2 drive through a manual transfer box, the gearbox is also manual.

1976 LAND ROVER 3/4 TON GS Hardtop with custom roof box

Even Land Rovers get stuck - Salisbury Plain 1978

Exercise "Crusader 80" - Germany 1980