Land Rover Series II

The enormous popularity of the Series I Land Rover led to the development of the Series II. It was produced from 1958 to 1961, and was available in an 88" short wheel base (SWB) and 109" long wheel base (LWB). The Series II could seat 10, or 12 in the LWB Station Wagon model. A cloth Safari Roof could be fitted over the regular roof to provide additional insulation in hot weather. The Series II was used by the British Army in the 1960s as the GS (general service) model, the FFR (Fitted For Radio) and the LRDPV (Long-Range Desert Patrol Vehicle). The latter vehicle was also called the "Pink Panther" from its light pink camouflage scheme. The LRDVP was used by the SAS for special operations and desert patrol. It was often stripped of doors and windscreens, fitted with a machine gun mount, and long-range fuel and water tanks.

The Series II Land Rover burns 7 gallons of diesel fuel per hour at routine usage.


Land Rover Series II LWB

Subassemblies: Body +3, 4 Off-Road Wheels +1.

Powertrain: 39-kW all-wheeled drivetrain with 39-kW HP diesel engine, 2,000-kWs lead acid battery.

Fuel: 20 gallons diesel (Fire 9).

Occupancy: 1 NCS, 9 NPS.

Cargo: 30 cf.


Armor F RL B T U

All: 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5



Body: Receive-only radio.



Size: 14.5'x5.5'x6.75' Payload: 1.1 tons Lwt.: 2.68 tons

Volume: 397 cf. Maint.: 163 hours Price: $15,060


HT: 12. HPs: 222 Body, 38 each Wheel.


gSpeed: 65 gAccel: 3 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.5 gSR: 4

Ground Pressure Moderate. 1/3 Off-Road speed.


Design Notes:

Body is 346 cf; wheels are 69 cf. Structure is Light, Cheap. Armor is expensive metal. Mechanical controls. Empty weight is 3,235 lbs. (This is within 2% of the historical mass of 3,300 lbs.) gSpeed unloaded with a single driver is 62 mph; fully loaded gSpeed is 49. The historical top speed is listed.



The Series II SWB weighed 2,900 lbs. empty. Either model could be fitted with a 39-kW or 50-kW gasoline engine as well.

The Series IIA (1961-1971) was nearly identical. It also came in SWB and LWB models. It featured a 50-kW or 62-kW gas engine, or a 46-kW diesel.


From the Aerodrome for GURPS

2008 by Jim Antonicic