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A batch of Series 3 General Service Land Rover's were selected by the Army to be converted into specialist Ceremonial vehicles to undertake wreath carrying and funeral carriage towing duties. Exactly how many were converted is still open for debate, one source quotes 8 vehicles having been converted, however a WO1 involved said that 15 were converted Numbered 1 to 16. For those who can do the maths and say that is wrong, the numbr 13 was not used.

The most obvious aspects of the conversion is the high gloss deep bronze olive paint and the removal of the canopy and canopy hoops. The Bush bar and jerry can holders have also been removed along with the tool brackets from on top og the front guards.

The tailgate is a specially built piece with a flat sheet on the outside and the unit and formation plate holders have been removed. A deluxe bonnet without a spare tyre holder has also been fitted and a custom cover sewn to cover the tub area of the vehicle.

The less obvious changes to the vehicle are mechanical. A holden engine was fitted along with an automatic gearbox. This also has the effect of rendering the vehicle two wheel drive. The engines were converted to run on gas, and a custom exhaust system was fitted. In the case of the holden units, a six cylinder 202 engine and trimatic automatic box were used.

The vehicles were also given registrations 01 upwards. It has been suggested that the army had a budget of $800,000 for 15 cars. Around $57000 was spent on each vehicle, almost everything was changed at the time. However the accuracy of that statement has yet to be proven.

The Army Museum Bandiana has retained one example of these specialist vehicles in excellent condition. It is also vehicle 01, however it was originally registered as 29-258.

Other examples are in private hands, with units in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW having been seen for sale at various times. The unit that appeared for sale on E-bay in victoria was supposedly unit 9 of 14. That unit's original registration was 28-788.

Information recieved in 2010 from a RAEME WO1 who was involved in the project adds this information to what we already know.

  • There were 15 made, numbered 1 to 16. The number 13 was not used.
  • No 1 to 3 were the best in terms of build quality.
  • The contract was for holden blue motor, but were delivered with red motor painted black.
  • Defence paid for additional modification for emission standards - blue motor manifold and carby.
  • Gearbox was 3 speed trimatic
  • T-bar shifter and console was from a Ford Escort.
  • Handbrake - disk was off a motorbike (could not recall model)
  • It had a rev limiter (could not recall limit)
  • Tail shaft was shortened.
  • They were withdrawn from service prior to issue / use.
  • Stored as Broadmeadows logistic Battalion prior to auction.

Known / Suspected Series 3 Ceremonial Vehicles

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Wheelbase
Date Off
Prod. Line
Original
Nomenclature
Body  N°
Chassis Prefix
Chassis  N°
Original Engine  N°
New Engine N°
Number
of 14
Other / REMLR
28-788 109 30/05/77 Series 3 GS. 6028 37862 - 94319675C 94119786B   09 Ceremonial Conversion.
Ebay 2007. Supposedly No 9 of 14 converted.
29-258 109 09/11/79 Series 3 GS. 6028 40707 - 94327059C 94127453C Holden OL919541 01 REMLR Member 056.
Ceremonial Conversion, now plated 01.
32-189 109 21/11/80 Series 3 GS. 6028 42185 LBCAP1AF 509303 94130492C Holden OL687269   Ceremonial Conversion Confirmed. AULRO Scruff
3 Speed Auto + Gas
32-194 109 23/10/1980 Series 3 GS. 6028 41996 LBCAP1AF 507224 94130684C Holden OL694155   owned by AULRO Mathernet. Partially converted back to normal.
32-217 109 05/11/80 Series 3 GS. 6028 42069 LBCAP1AF 507741 94130902C     Ceremonial Conversion Confirmed.
32-218 109 14/11/1980 Series 3 GS. 6028 42131 LBCAP1AF 508307 94131168C     Ceremonial Conversion Confirmed. Ebay 2010 in Tasmania
32-225 109 13/11/80 Series 3 GS. 6028 42124 LBCAP1AF 508300 94131223C     Ceremonial Conversion Confirmed.
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The unit at the Army Museum Bandiana, Originally 29-258
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The rear of the same vehicle showing the custom tailgate.
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The front differential with no driveshaft attached
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The rear driveshaft with disc hand brake on the differential. Normally the handbrake is a drum on the start of the driveshaft attached to the transfer case, but this vehicle has no transfer case as it is 2wd.
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Another unit that was offered for sale in around 2007. This view shows the tailgate to good effect.
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A front view of the same vehicle
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Another rear view of the vehicle
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A view of the engine bay
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The black seats, lack of clutch pedal and automatic gearbox shows the level of attention that was placed in these conversions.
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A view of the gas tank under the rear of this vehicle

 

 

 
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This unit appeared on Ebay in 2010 in Tasmania and was confirmed as originally being 32-218
Copyright: Richard Green
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The handbrake disc on the back of the tailshaft.
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The new crossmember mounted under the transmission.
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In the egine bay showing parts of the LPG injection system.
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Another view of the engine bay.
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The front of the vehicle showing it's SA registration (not originally a tasmanian vehicle)
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The unique cover to block the heater intake.
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The dash area showing the automatic gearshift.
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The rear of the vehicle showing the odified tailgate.
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The spare sitting under the rear cover. The inside of the tub has a textured finish.
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The tailgate down.
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The front diff with no driveshaft..
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Part of the engine conversion..
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The rear crossmember from underneath.
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The mirror like finish of the paint as well as the relocated 6 cylinder muffler..
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The front and side of the vehicle.
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