1963 - 2023 : 60th anniversary !
Welcome to the website dedicated to Victoria, the faithful
1963 Land Rover SIIA 2.25L petrol, based around Zürich (ZH),
in wonderful Switzerland.
Starting its life in 1963 on a farm in Avenches (VD),
the car was daily used as a workhorse around the region.
After 30 years of tough duties of all kinds, failing its
Swiss MOT, it was exported to France as a non-runner,
where it was grossly restored a first time and soon
registered back on the road.
That is when, at the age of 18, straight after passing
my driving license in 1996, it was love at first sight:
I purchased it as my first daily driver. I became its
second owner and the lovely little Landi was nicknamed
Moving in 2006 to Switzerland, the car coincidentally
relocated to its "home Swiss home".
Driven as a family car around Zürich, all year long
including salty winters, Victoria was once again struck
by the Swiss MOT in 2018 for the second time in its
life, and for the same good old reason: rust-through
Brought to Belgium on a flat-bed truck in 2019, the car
underwent a full restoration at Series Forever until
Finally... returning to Switzerland, Victoria is back
to its former glory among its family.
All in all ? A very typical Land Rover life !
From an used and abused farmer's do-it-all motor, to a
Victoria turning 60 years young in 2023, it will surely continue to enjoy its purposeful life, active member of a family who never hesitates to jump in for a ride.
4 cylinders 2.25 L petrol (3MB)
with SP95 compatible cylinder head, Zenith carburetor
and electronic ignition, delivering an outstanding 52kW
67hp@4'000rpm and 163 Nm@2000rpm
4 FWD 1 RWD. The 1st gear, 2nd gear
and Rearward are non synchromesh. Low gear (crawling)
engaged through manual operation (red knob)
Steel original ladder frame
chassis, 88" short wheelbase. Extensively restored: 1994
Body panels are made of aluminum
alloy. Colors: 1963-1994: original pastel green.
1994-2021: pink beige.
Since 2022: marine blue.
Parabolic springs (non genuine) on
original axles. Rear wheel drive, unless front axle is
manually engaged: 4WD in both high/low gear (yellow
Max speed: 95 km/h with back wind.
Average fuel consumption: 12 L/100km. Tank capacity: 45
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 7 min 15 sec