In 1947, when everyone was still recovering from a ghastly war, one British company was feeling rather brave. Rover decided that the world needed a 4x4 car for getting about in, especially out in the country.
A year later, they launched the Land Rover at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Over the years, this brand has become one of the most iconic in Britain and the rest of the world. The first crude Land Rovers used Rover car engines and had permanent four-wheel drive from the outset.
Aluminium was used for the panels due to a shortage of steel after the war and paint came from a defunct aircraft factory. Aluminium proved light and very popular and is still used today.
Over the years, Land Rover developed and improved their popular 4x4 giving it better engines, chassis and more room. Defenders can still go places no other car can and despite their ultimate lack of luxuries, have proven hugely popular the world over.
Talking of luxury, Land Rover saw a need for a luxury 4x4 in the late 1960s and introduced the Range Rover in 1970. With its luxury interior and powerful engines, the Range Rover has consistently topped the luxury off-roader popularity charts.
In the 1980s, the Discovery came along as a more comfortable alternative to the 90 and 110 models. Despite the intention for it to be a replacement for the basic Land Rover, owners and enthusiasts alike soon stopped that and production of both continues to this day along with the Freelander – a 'soft roader' used primarily on the urban school run.
60 years of production can’t be bad and so despite the companies ups and downs we should celebrate the birth of a great car marque.
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Set the date! Land Rover Legends will return to Bicester Heritage for the second-ever event on May 25-26, 2019 – here’s what to expect
Confirmed! Land Rover Legends 2019 event dates
Exactly 70 years since JUE 477 – the first ever production Land Rover – rolled off the Solihull production line, INEOS Automotive has been confirmed as the new owner, and there's a sympathetic restoration in the works!
Who owns the very first Land Rover?
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last ‘proper’ Camel Trophy event, AutoClassics tackles Portugal in a very special Land Rover Discovery
Portugal by Land Rover Discovery
One of three prototype Land Rovers used at the Amsterdam Motor Show is to appear during the inaugural Land Rover Legends event at Bicester Heritage on May 26-27
Legendary pre-production ‘L03’ set for Land Rover Legends
Land Rover for sale
series 2 Land rover 1958 finished in classic Deep Bronze Green. Fitted with its Original 2.0 litre side valve petrol engine which starts and runs great. It has new Elephant Hide Exmoor seats, rear canvas cover and side facing rear seats. The chassis is in good solid condition and supports the correct and matching number stamped on the OS front dumb iron.
Land Rover County SWB 1983 Y REG Two owners from new, the last owner from 1987 Lots of recent work carried out Replacement Rear part of Chassis New Brake Lining and Cylinders all round Replacement Door Tops This car has been getting renovated by ourselves and still has some work to do, mainly refitting the glass in the front doors. In excellent original condition, comes with one yea
My lovely left hand drive 1957 Series One is reluctantly .I retire shortly and need to reduce my level of car ownership. Recently rebuilt to use and enjoy as reliable transport and to take to and participate in Land Rover events in Iberia. It has probably the neatest professionally installed 200TDI engine you will ever see. It is a complete installation including the turbo and the inter- cooler
1990/H Range Rover Classic Vogue 3.9 EFi Automatic presented in stunning Trocadero Red Metallic paint and contrasting Winchester Grey Cloth, 130,000 with only 2 previous owners both local to our area. The car comes with following specification – Permanent 4 wheel drive, High/Low Transfer box, Asymmetric split rear seats, Front Center cubby box, Parcel shelf & carpeted load space, Analog Clock, D