Category: Land Rover stories

The 1998 Land Rover Discovery Safari – an extinct species?

In the months before the introduction of the Land Rover Discovery Series II, Land Rover was still selling as much Discovery 1 models as it could build, attracting buyer interest with special editions like the Anniversary and this UK only Discovery Safari special edition. Is it worth hunting down? The Land Rover Discovery Safari was […]

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Tooley Mobile Electrical Power Welding and Workshop Facilities

Most owners of classic Land-Rovers carry a nicely filled toolbox in the car, which can come in handy in the unfortunate circumstance your car breaks down. From the 1960’s to the 1980’s, Tooley of Earl Shilton converted complete Land-Rover Series and 110 cars into mobile toolboxes: ‘Take your workshop to the breakdown’ – some Land-Rovers […]

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Stolen: SUFFIX B Range Rover with royal connection

A British racing green 1974 Range Rover that once belonged to Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of princess Margriet of the Netherlands, was recently stolen in Wijlre, The Netherlands. Owner Hans Creusen was about to finish a 27 year restoration of the originally Lincolnshire green Suffix Range Rover, when it was taken from his driveway mid […]

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Land-Rover Series 1 80 inch armoured – Made in Singapore

In an earlier post I published some rare images of armoured Series 1 vehicles, as used in Malaya in the 1950’s. Thanks to visitor Spencer Owen, another armoured Land-Rover Series 1 model with oriental origins is unearthed. This 80 inch model was advertised in 1952 and the conversion to bullet-proof was done locally. Since this […]

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Land Rover plastic surgery gone wrong

Recently I acquired this strange looking 90/110 front panel. Although it looks standard at first sight, the top goes past the radiator on a Land Rover 90/110 and it is not made of aluminium but a form of plastic. Having absolutely zero idea who made and marketed it and what it was for, I put […]

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The 1955 Rhodesian Swamp-Rover

In the 1950’s this Swamp Skipper, named ‘Mudlark’ was designed and built by Peter Parton in Abercorn, now called Mbala, a town on the border between Zambia and Tanzania. It was powered by two Land-Rover Series 1 engines coupled to two gearboxes. Parton built two of these Swamp Skippers locally and they were used to […]

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Vintage Land-Rover art by Terence Cuneo

Around 1955, the Land-Rover marketing department commisioned the by that time highly regarded British artist Terence Cuneo to paint at least five works featuring the Series 1 for use in bochures, advertisements and on posters. One of the these original commisioned paintings sold in 2016 at auction for 7.000 GBP, the whereabouts of the other […]

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Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy

Yes, there still is life in the old Defender, as Land Rover Classic proves with a new limited edition: the Works V8 Trophy. The Defender Works V8 Trophy is obviously inspired by the Camel Trophy Land Rovers of the 1980’s and 1990’s, but the colour applied is not the original Sandglow in which the Camel […]

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Dutch Royal Marine Land-Rover Series 2a ‘bugeye’

The Royal Marine of The Netherlands has a history with Land-Rover that goes back to the Series 1, and continues to this day with the Defender 110 XD WW. In the 1960’s then Dutch Land-Rover distributor Sieberg in Amsterdam delivered a batch of extremely rare Series 2a vehicles, now known as ‘bugeyes’. These Land-Rovers were […]

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The 1965 1.5 ton 112 inch Forward Control Land-Rover, or ‘Truck No. 21’

The British Motor Museum houses many a special Solihull built vehicle, and some are more special than others, like the signal yellow 1.5 ton 112 inch Forward Control prototype, named ‘Buttercup’. With its Rover Eng Dept lettering and crane in the back it looks like a recovery vehicle, but that is not how it left […]

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