Land Rover Lightweight

1972 LR Lightweight

Back in the early 1960’s, the Royal Marines and British Army commissioned Land Rover to develop a lighter vehicle than the Series 88, that could be carried by helicopter. The Land Rover Half-Ton was the result. Known as the Lightweight or Airportable, it was 4 inches narrower than the standard 88, which allowed it to sit on a pallet. With removable body panels, and windscreen, the new Lightweight could be easily airlifted when harnessed in a sling. Once the body panels were refitted, however, the Lightweight actually weighed more than the standard 88.

The Half Ton Airportable was produced between 1968 and 1984.

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The 1972 Lightweight pictured is for sale out of Chapel Hill on craigslist, with an asking price of $8000. It looks to be in decent shape, and has been through a restoration by the previous owner.

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