or `1/2 ton' is a SWB (S2A or S3) with a
unique angular body, lightened for air-lifting.
(It has something of a cult following.)
The standard S3 LWB is also known as the `3/4 ton' but was
often grossly overloaded beyond this limit, so a strengthened `1 ton'
was created with heavy duty suspension and transmission.
The 101 FC
was only ever produced for the army.
It comes in a variety of forms -
soft-top, van, communications, gun-tractor and ambulance -
all of them very imposing.
There is an optional powered trailer, making a 6x6 combination.
was developed for the Australian army in 4x4 and 6x6 forms.
The former is a somewhat modified 110.
The latter is a new vehicle with Land-Rover running gear,
several variants being made.
Prototypes and small-run specials are sometimes made for one-off contracts.
Specialist companies also carry out conversions of Land-Rovers,
for example to make armoured cars.
The one pictured is by Shorts of Belfast.
Some ex-military vehicles come with 24v electrical systems; electrical parts can then be expensive and hard to find. Some have heavy duty cooling systems. They might have travelled a low mileage and been well maintained, or have been dropped by parachute and abused by many novice drivers.
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