The Classic Land Rover: Britain's Favorite Dual-Purpose Vehicle
Tractor Tales from Wales: The Land Rover, first produced by the Rover Car Company in 1948, is practically an institution in rural Britain.
The beauty of an unrestored vehicle is you are never afraid to use and enjoy it.
Phillip tries to see if Land Rovers really can climb trees.
The Defender is the model most commonly used by farmers today, and it still follows the same classic shape of much earlier models. Here, a gang of sheepdogs hitch a ride to the field.
The interior of the Series I Land Rover is basic and workmanlike. If you are going to drive an old Landy, you have to get used to a draft down the neck and drips on your head.
Red, black, yellow and white Land Rovers are occasionally seen, though blue (and more commonly, green) are the usual colors. This Series III model has a truck cab and probably dates to about 1976.
Trying to see how far you can go without getting stuck is what scrambling is all about. The canvas hood and easily removable door tops mean it’s no trouble to “go topless” in the summer. The short-wheelbase Land Rover is commonly known as the “Eighty,” referring to the 80-inch distance between front and rear axles.
This Series I Land Rover dates to 1950 and belongs to my nephew, Phillip. It initially belonged to his father, Bob, who tells me his son used to ask, “Dad, when you die can I have your Land Rover?” (Aren’t kids just charming?) Finally Bob decided that since he wasn’t using the vehicle very often he would sell it to his son, and at least that way he would get paid for it.
Old Land Rovers never die … they just get recycled into spare parts. This wreck probably dates to the early 1980s.