|Land Rover Series IIA 1969|
The Series II Land Rover replaced Series I production in 1958, initially sporting the original two litre engine from the series I. Once supply ran dry, the 2286cc engine was introduced, which has proven to be a popular and reliable unit ever since. Designs changed over the following years, with the most significant being the moving of the headlights to the wings in 1969 - this model still had the 'hard dash' familiar with other Series II models. Also introduced at this time was the razor style bonnet and Maltese grill; later to be followed by the plastic grill as used on the Series III. The SII and the SIIA are very difficult to distinguish. There were some minor cosmetic changes but the most significant change was under the bonnet in the guise of the new 2.25-litre diesel engine. Body configurations available from the factory ranged from short-wheelbase soft-top to the top-of-the-line five-door station wagon. From February 1969 (home market), the headlamps moved into the wings on all models and the sill panels were redesigned to be shallower a few months afterwards.