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What if Land Rover had held a Camel Trophy Competition in 1961?

Beginning in 1981, Land Rover made special Camel Trophy vehicles to showcase their capabilities under extreme conditions. The Camel Trophy competition covered the globe, from Borneo to the Congo, from Sumatra to the rugged terrain along the Amazon.

Cooper Technica's challenge was to restore a vintage Land Rover, incorporating the Camel Trophy technology developed for expeditions, while retaining the character and elegant simplicity of an older Series model—the truck that made Land Rover's reputation.

The result is a classic Land Rover that is robust, technically sound and primed for action:

  • Extremely Rugged Construction
  • Sufficient Comfort for Long Journeys
  • Able to Handle Rough Terrain
  • Ease of Repair in the Field

In other words, a vehicle like no other, ready for epic journeys.

This Land Rover has an unusual history. A close friend and neighbor of President Dwight Eisenhower bought this truck new in 1961. After leaving office, Ike and his friend spent many hours traversing the hills of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in this Land Rover. Cooper Technica acquired this Land Rover for our client after it was sold in the estate sale.


Drivetrain & mechanicals:

  • Dual alternative ignition systems, electronic (capacitive discharge) and redundant mechanical points type for back-up
  • Three fuel tanks (1 rear and 2 front tanks, all with outside fill access; approx. 44 gallons capacity)
  • Custom ball valve to switch between all three tanks
  • Fully restored 2.25l Land Rover engine, 8.1 compression
  • Fully synchronized SIII four speed transmission with IIa clutch mechanism
  • Fairey overdrive unit, mechanical, works in all gears
  • ARB air locking differentials front and rear with built-in air compressor
  • B.F. Goodrich mud terrain T/A tires size 265/75R16 mounted on new 16" steel wheels
  • New front and rear axle assemblies and front and rear drive shafts
  • Warn freewheeling manual front hubs
  • New steering box, ball joints and steering damper
  • All mechanicals replaced or restored from the ground-up

Body & chassis:

  • Lewmar 2ft. X 2 ft. Hatch mounted in roof with extra roof bracing
  • Heavy duty Marsland fully galvanized chassis with extra internal bracing
  • Glasurit urethane enamel paint; underside protected with stone guard
  • All galvanized steel parts were hot-dipped re-galvanized
  • Deluxe early style bonnet (hood) and wings (fenders)
  • 3/4 length galvanized roof rack, with full expended metal floor
  • Removable roof rack section for running with hatch open
  • Extra alpine window added in roof on right and left sides, in addition to standard alpine windows
  • Matched set of door locks and ignition switch
  • All new glass panels with all sliding window tracks replaced
  • All body panels replaced or restored from the ground-up


  • Special "Recaro type" front seats made by König in Germany, manually controlled, with adjustments for lumbar, back angle, thigh support, etc.
  • Upholstery matched to König front seats on all door panels & rear bench seat
  • Center console, all steel security type
  • Secret storage compartment

For hot or cold climates:

  • 20,000 btu heater, with integrated interior distribution duct
  • Heated front windshields and rear windows
  • Rear wiper unit
  • Engine block heater
  • Military oil cooler
  • Dual Hella interior fans


  • All new heavy duty vacuum assisted dual circuit brakes, siii 109 type
  • Stainless steel brake lines (will not corrode)


  • Custom electrical system with separate fusing and relays for each circuit
  • Full electrical documentation and diagram provided
  • Electrical disconnect switch
  • 2-Hella Rallye 3000 driving lights
  • Military spec parking lights, brake lights, directional signals, and reverse lights, with screw-off lenses
  • Auxiliary switch panel for heated windows, air compressor, winch and locking differentials
  • Delco alternator 105 amp off-road model with internal bracing


  • Smiths 100 mph speedometer
  • Smiths vacuum gauge, oil pressure gauge and voltmeter
  • Separate Smiths fuel gauges for all three tanks
  • Jaeger combination gauge including oil temperature and water temperature

Safety & expedition equipment:

  • Full roll cage, galvanized, front section external, rear section internal, incorporating seat
  • Mounting directly to frame.
  • 3 pt. seat belt/shoulder harnesses front and rear, inertia reel type, safety mounted to roll cage
  • Aluminum sand ladders, one pair on each side.
  • Superwinch husky 8500 lb. electric winch with integral galvanized bumper with roller fairlead and military overriders, and custom front apron
  • Mechanical hand throttle
  • 1 set military ground anchors and pulley block
  • Everything completely restored or replaced from ground-up.
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