The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc

Land Rover Contracts and
Vehicle Numbers

Whilst RAN records are scattered amongst Commonwealth Registrations, and the older RAAF vehicle Registration Ledgers are thought to have been lost, the vast majority of Australian Army Vehicle Registration Ledgers are preserved at either the Australian War Memorial, or the Army Museum Bandiana. Of course more modern records are kept electronically, however for the Series 2, 2a and 3 fleets of Land Rovers we can establish through those ledgers and contract information a fairly precise idea of how many vehicles were made of any given type were ordered and made.

The December 1988 issue of Overlander provided a combined total for Series 2 and 2A purchased by the AMF. It stated that the total was 6,626 units supplied in both 88" and 109" types between "16.12.58" and "9/71". Allowing for the fact that the Australian Army definitely purchased some replacement chassis (for repairs), and that the RAAF purchased a number of series 2a Military Specification vehicles, the Overlander figure could be about right.

The ARN Ledgers being digitised since 2003 show a total of 6582 Series 2 & 2A Army Land-Rovers purchased between "16.12.58" and "2/72". by the Army, and so far only 20 RAAF units have been confirmed from Photographs.  Bringing a total of 6602 vs the 6626 quoted by Overlander.

Late in 2013 REMLR was sent some fascinating information about Military Land Rover Production in Australia. The information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group that are researching and collecting information for a second book which is to be written about PMC. Their first book was titled, Building cars in Australia : Morris, Austin, BMC and Leyland 1950 - 1975 and is to be commended to anyone with an interest in what transpired over that period with the companies mentioned.

Series Land Rover Totals to 7/3/2014

Given the occasional oddity or mistake in the numbers numbers, and an error margin of a vehicle here or there, our database holds far and away the majority of military type Land Rover's (RAAF and Army), and in the series 2 88 in, we are fairly close to spot on, same with the Series 3 109's. There are a few that may be missing in the LWB Series II and IIa 109's, however we suspect that those are RAAF vehicles.

Type Wheelbase Numbers Contracted Number in ARN Database PMC Production to 21.12.1974 Number on tally sheet comments
Series II and IIa 88 4 cylinder 2230 2231 2233 2240

Missing 10? But
+ 10 known RAAF registrations in DB
+ 4 Unknown military chassis, RAAF?

Series II and IIa 109 4 Cylinder 1842 4351 4355 4386 Numbers on the contracts fall far short of known numbers and are obviously missing some large contracts
+ 6 known RAAF registrations in DB
+ 2 unknown military chassis, RAAF?
Series 3 DOD 88 4 cylinder ? 1 7 ?  
Series 3 Australian Army 109 6 Cylinder 2280 2277 n/a 2280 + 46 unknown military chassis in DB, RAAF?
Series 3 Indonesian Army 109 6 Cylinder 250 0 n/a 250 All sent to Indonesia and were new built, not refurbished Australian vehicles.
TOTAL     8860  

8906 + 250

 

Series 2

There was a quote issued 7.8.1963 for 50 Ambulance Bodies to be fitted to chassis supplied in Aid that was never taken up. Every other listed quote or requote was carried over to a contract.

Approx Year and Date of Production
Quantity
Contract
Date of Planning Quote
Transferred to Contract
Description
Rover UK Specification
Australian Army Specification
Comments
March 1959 930 C104337 - - Truck Utility, 1/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 88 inch WB S/2022 7 Initial Command Recon Order
August 1959 290 C104530 - - Truck Utility, 1/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 88 inch WB S/2022 7 2nd command recon contract / order
August 1959 2 - - - Truck, Ambulance, 4 Stretcher G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB - D.D.(X)118-1 Ambulance Prototypes
October 1959 3 C105546 - - Truck, Carryall, 3/4 Ton G.L. 4x4 (Topographical Survey) - Purchase Descript 1 GL a typo?
June 1960 214 C107195 - - Truck, Utility, 3/4 Ton F.F.W Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB (24 Volt) S/2040 2 24V FFW
June 1960 36 C104337 - - Truck, Chassis, 3/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, Long (Machinery Vehicle Chassis) S/2041 13 First workshop vehicles Cab Chassis
October 1960 31 + 2 C107028 - - Truck, Ambulance, 4 Stretcher, G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB. S/2073 26 First Ambulances plus reworked prototypes.
June 1961 47 C107196 - - Truck, Utility, 3/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB S/2074 51E First GS LWB vehicles
June 1961 211 C107253 - - Do. (Cargo Carrier) S/2074 51E As above (Ditto?)
June 1961 20 C107197 - - Truck, Panel 3/4 Ton, G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB. S/2075 520 Panel Vans
November 1961 6 C107197 - - (Hard Top) S/2075 520 Panel Vans
June 1961 33 C107195 - - Truck, Utility, 3/4 Ton F.F.W. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB (24 Volt) S/2040 2 FFW
July 1961 13 C107253 - - Truck, Chassis 3/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, Long (Machinery Vehicle Chassis) S/2041 12 Workshop vehicles Cab Chassis.
August 1961 11 C107681 - - Truck, Lightweight Workshop, 3/4 Ton 4x4 G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, Long. - 39 Complete workshop vehicles.
August 1961 5 Platforms C107681 - - Body Platform Workshop Light - Purchase Description 14 For vehicles or trailers?
March 1962 30 Platforms C108302 - - Body Platform Workshop Light - Purchase Description 14 For vehicles or trailers?
October 1962 38 C109194 - - Truck, Chassis 3/4 Ton 4x4 G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, long Fire Tender S/2111 47P First Fire Tenders
January 1963 19 C109126 - - Truck, Utility, 3/4 Ton F.F.W. Land Rover, Series 2, 109 inch WB (24 Volt) S/2040 2N FFW
September 1963 34 C410243 - - Truck, Chassis, 3/4 Ton 4x4, Ambulance, Land Rover Series 2 S/2073 73E 34 Ambulances, Built as 2a?
September 1963 5 C410290 - - Do. (N.Z.) Do. Do. 5 Ambulances for NZ
June 1963 575 C110181 - - Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2A, 88 inch WB. S/2140 7L Big 2a GS 88 order
May to October 1964 20 C110896 - - Truck, Carryall, 3/4 ton, 4x4 G.S. Topographical Survey, Land Rover, Series 2, 109inc WB Topo. 85B Series 2? topo order
March 1964 3 C110909 - - Truck, Chassis 3/4 Ton, 4x4 G.S. Land Rover, Series 2, Long Fire Tender S/2111 47T 3 more fire tenders
November 1963 12 C111220 18.12.1962 - Truck, Carryall - Dental S/2075 52L Dental Carryalls? Listed as Dental Wagons on Quote List.
November 1963 11 C111074 24.10.1962 - Truck, Chassis 3/4 Ton 4x4 Ambulance, Land Rover, Series 2A S/2073 73J First 2A ambulances. Requoted on 3.4.1963 and 11.6.1963.
March 1964 350 C111350 3.4.1963 - Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2A, 88 inch WB. S/2140 7T 88 2A GS. Requoted on 2.7.1963 with no change.
May 1964 298 C111349 4.4.1963 - Truck, Utility 3/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2A, 109 inch WB. S/2074 51N First 2A LWB order. Requote on 2.7.1963.
November 1963 36 C111073 11.12.1962 - Truck, Chassis 3/4 Ton 4x4 Fitted with Platform Body - Less Tentage + Shelter Framework S/2041
S/2041 Rebuild
13T, 39G, +79 Workshops with reworked design. Requoted on 3.4.1963 and a memo dated 4.6.1963 with no price change.
May 1964 5 C41290
Amendment 3
- - Rework of 5 N.Z. Ambulance Chassis for fitment of Alternators, etc. S/2073 73M Rework of the 5 NZ Ambulances for fitment of Alternators, etc.
June 1964 20 C111286 3.7.1963 - Truck, 3/4 Ton Plant Repair with Platform Body - less tentage (Plus centre Power Take-off supplied not fitted). S/2041
S/2041 Rebuild
13T, 39H    79 Plant Repair workshops.
April 1964 85 C111709 17.09.1963 30.10.1963 Truck Utility, 1/4 Ton G.S. Land Rover, Series 2A, 88 inch WB. S/2140 7T -
June 1964 30 C111710 12.9.1963 30.10.1963 Truck Chassis, 3/4 Ton, Fitted with Platform Body, Less tentage. S/2041
S/2041 Rebuild
13U, 39H    79 -
June 1964 147 C112036 4.4.1963 - Truck Utility, 3/4 Ton, G.S. F.F.T. Land Rover, Less 24 Volt Add On Kit S/2173 Provisional Spec. 2U 12V FFT. Noted as 24 on pending quotes list. Requoted on 15.7.1963
June 1965 8 C113013 20.5.1964 - Truck, Chassis, 3/4 Ton 4x4, Fitted with Platform Body - Less Tentage S/2041 Rebuild 13W, 39H    79 Requoted on 3 times, 1.6.1964, 20.11.1964 & 16.2.1965
August 1964 22 platforms C415554 1.6.1964 - Bodies, Platform Machinery for Trailer & Shelter Framework - 79 Workshop Trailer Platforms.
November 1965 60 Trailers C417547 14.10.1964 - Trailer, 1/2 Ton Platform Machinery Nil 37F, 64, 65 & 79 -
June 1965 20 C111286 Amendment (6) 7.9.1964 - Rework - Truck 3/4 Ton Plant Repair 109"WB - - Rework, of contract for fitment of Doors, Chainlocker Valise.
June 1965 30 C111710 Amendment (3) 7.9.1964 - Rework - Truck 3/4 Ton Workshop 109"WB - - Rework, of contract for fitment of Doors, Chainlocker Valise.
October 1965 108 C115047 9.3.1965 - Truck, Workshop, Lightweight 3/4 Ton 4x4, GS., Land Rover Series 2A 109"WB S/2041 13/26, 39/4 7.7.1965 re issued quote on confirmation of Cab Chassis.
December 1965 30 C115102 11.3.1965 - Truck Chassis, 3/4 ton Ambulance Land Rover, Series 2A 109"WB S/2073 73 Issue 15. Revised quote issued 7.7.1965 in response to Dept of Supply letter dated 16.6.1965. Noted as being increased costs for the supply of alternators and V. regulators 21.9.1965
December 1965 22 C115711 16.7.1965 - Truck, Chassis, Fire Tender, 3/4 Ton 4x4, G.S., Land Rover, Series 2A, 109"WB S2111 47 Issue 24. -
December 1965

233 Platforms

C419696 22.5.1965 - Bodies, Platform Machinery & Shelter Framework - 79 Bodies only
May 1966 100 C116439 27.8.1965 - Truck Utility, 3/4 Ton, G.S, Cargo, Land Rover Series 2A, 109"WB S/2074 51 Issue 21
(13/12/1965)
Requote issued 14.10.1965 on different Army Specification.
June 1966 2 C116654 9.11.1965 - Truck, Carryall, 3/4 Ton G.S, Topographical Survey, Series 2A, 109"WB - 85 Issue 12
(24/12/1965)
-
June 1966 20 C116721 11.11.1965 - Truck Panel, 3/4 Ton, G.S., Land Rover Series 2, 109"WB S/2075 52 Issue 18
(4/1/1966)
Noted as Truck Panel 109 "Dental" .
June 1966 75 C116791 10.11.1965 - Truck Utility, 3/4 Ton, G.S., F.F.T. Land Rover 12 Volt Less 24 Volt add on kit. S/2173 2 Issue 25
(14/1/1966)
-
- 30 C116813 16.7.1965 - Ambulance Bodies and Equipment mounted to free in aid chassis - 80 Issue E.
(19/1/1966)
Free Aid Ambulance Bodies
- 50 C116814 13.10.1965 - Ambulance Bodies and Equipment mounted to free in aid chassis - 80 Issue E.
(19/1/1966)
Free Aid Ambulance Bodies. 80 or 30?
June 1966 50 C116726 25.11.1965 - Truck Chassis, 3/4 ton Ambulance, Land Rover Series 2A, 109"WB S/2073 73 Issue 15
(2/1/1966)
-
- 50 Trailers C100190 - - Trailer, 1/2 Ton Platform, Machinery Nil 37F -
- 40 Trailers C100191 - - Trailer, 1/2 Ton Platform, Machinery Nil 37F -
- 52 C100900 - - Truck, Lightweight, Workshop, 3/4 Ton, 4x4 G.S., Land Rover Series 2A, 109"WB. S/2041 39 Issue 10
(27/5/1966)
-

 

Series 3

Contract Type Start Chassis Finish Chassis Number
V103349 Cargo GS 37376 37916 400
V105857 Cargo GS 38460 38804 300
  FFR 38805 39523 500
V107752 Cargo GS 40515 40730 216 (250 in this group)
  Cargo GS 41127 41150 24 (250 in this group)
  Cargo GS 41169 41178 10 (250 in this group)
  FFR 40731 40863 132 (150 in this group)
  FFR 41151 41168 18 (150 in this group)
V108721 Cargo GS 41945 42224 280
  FFR 42231 42295 65
  FFR 42296 42310 15
  Cargo GS 42311 42350 40
  Cargo GS 42369 42384 16
  FFR 42385 42394 10
  FFR 42407 42472 66
  Cargo GS 42473 42511 39
  Maintenance CC 42512 42551 40
  FFR 42552 42660 109
         
      Total FFR 915
      Total GS Cargo 1325
      Maintenance CC 40
         
      Total Australian Army Series 3 2280
         
      Total Indonesian Army Series 3 250
         
      Total Australian Built Series 3 Military Type 2530
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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Contracts of vehicles built for the Australian Army
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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Contracts of vehicles built for the Australian Army

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Contracts of vehicles built for the Australian Army

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Contracts of vehicles built for the Australian Army
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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Contracts of vehicles built for the Australian Army

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Quotes for vehicles for the Australian Army, and if accepted, which contracts they were allocated to.

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Quotes for vehicles for the Australian Army, and if accepted, which contracts they were allocated to.
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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Quotes for vehicles for the Australian Army, and if accepted, which contracts they were allocated to.

Click to expand

Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Quotes for vehicles for the Australian Army, and if accepted, which contracts they were allocated to.

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Chassis number ranges for various contracts in the Series 3 fleet.
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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Chassis number ranges for various contracts in the Series 3 fleet.

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Information is courtesy of the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group
Chassis number ranges for various contracts in the Series 3 fleet. Notice that the Indonesian Series 3s are listed here.

 

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