Well after 1978 .. Spanish landrovers (a.k.a. Santana) kept on developing its own Series IV and Series V. while UK Landrovers migrated towards Defenders.
Series IVs (1980-1990) are probbably the best ever overlanding machines. Virtually unknown abroad , they are summit on what landrover series are about .
Parabollic springs , front discs , 4 or 6 (SIX) cylinder dieseln (the 6cyl being just 2more cylinders , so all the other parts are still the same ) ,1 piece windshield and powersteering , some heating.. All the rest is pure SeriesIII compatible.
They are locally known as "Cazorlas" *(for the 6cyl 109 version )
here is it .
What people are talking now of that PS10 (Hanibbal in Spanish) , would be a SERIES V.
That's a wholly different beast. Its got a modern engine , decent suspension , AIR con , -airbags?- , but still keeping the no-nosense rigidaxles over leafsprings and no-central diff (a really plus while overlanding) . You can order it even with no-electronics abroad (with mecchannical diesel pump , etc) , and ITs selling like hot cookies in Africa and South america for the armies , civil rescue , and similars.
That would do a great overlander .. but Its quite pricey (30.000 euros /20.000 pounds) .
If you go to Spain ..Id go for the Series IV (Cazorla) which -for 3000 Euros- you get a virtually unbreackable 100HP landy , with some concessions to luxury like power steering ,etc.. but still get a real (i.e. aluminiun riveted ) landy.
Have a nice day
[This message has been edited by javierCarrion (edited 29 June 2005).]