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A Land Rover Lightweight in 1:18, at last

A Land Rover Lightweight in 1:18, at last

Model car firm BOS (Best of Show) is the first to launch a scale model of the Land Rover Lightweight, or Airportable. The German firm chose to do a Series 2a version with canvas top, with some lovely details, such as the high mirror stems and screw on tail lights. The ‘galvanised’ rear cross member […]

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When the Land Rover marketing department got lazy

When the Land Rover marketing department got lazy

Can you tell the difference between a 1973 Range Rover and a 1979 Range Rover? Only minor cosmetic details give the game away, so Land Rover’s PR department decided that the sales brochure for the 1973 model year was good enough to reuse a full six (!) years later, for the 1979 incarnation of the […]

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The flying Land Rover

The flying Land Rover

Most Land Rovers are made for the land, some purely for tarmac (hello Evoque!) and few were modified for the sea. But the Land Rover Lightweight  – or: Airportable – is the one built to fly. Not only so it would fit in the cargo space of a C130 Hercules airplane or hanging under a […]

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A Range Rover on the cheap

A Range Rover on the cheap

It is hard to imagine the current Range Rover line-up (‘flagship’, ‘upmarket’, etc) featuring a ‘van’ version, but there was a time Land Rover was happy to sell a Range Rover to a farmer, market vendor or carpenter. Just about anyone could walk into a Land Rover dealership and order a commercial Range Rover. In the […]

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This is what a Land Rover dealer looked like in 1979

This is what a Land Rover dealer looked like in 1979

This is what heaven must look like: a showroom floor full of brand new 3 door Range Rovers, Land Rover Series 3 cars and some recently introduced Stage One vehicles. These black and white photographs were taken in 1979, when Land Rover dealer Knook had just opened their new showroom and workshop on the Flevostraat […]

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S.M.C. Engineering Land Rover Series trailer

S.M.C. Engineering Land Rover Series trailer

You might know Bristol firm S.M.C Engineering for their wacky eighties six wheeler Range Rover Sahara Six, or their Land Rover Stage One based Forward Control continuation (the FC82), but they also manufactured trailers for Land Rovers. There is not much information about these out there, but at least one was made in the early […]

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The one and only Land Rover Series ski carrier

The one and only Land Rover Series ski carrier

Browsing through vintage Land Rover accessories brochures, you find extremely cool options for your Land Rover Series, some of which you probably never heard of. Take this ‘Zusatzgeräte’ (German for accessories) publication from 1973, offered by former distributor A. Brüggeman & Co GMBH in Düsseldorf. This old piece of literature is full of the usual winches, […]

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Der Trophy Range Rover, a German special from 1981

Der Trophy Range Rover, a German special from 1981

The Dutch distributor was probably the first to launch a limited edition Land Rover, but the Germans were one year earlier with their Camel Trophy inspired Range Rover offering. 1981 was the first year the Camel Trophy organisers chose a Land Rover product, the teams would be using a Range Rover to cross the Sumatran […]

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Rare survivor: an original Land Rover Series 3 ashtray

Rare survivor: an original Land Rover Series 3 ashtray

Nowadays, most new cars do not come as standard with an ashtray. They are an optional extra. In the 1970’s, Land Rover was already pioneering this by making you pay extra for something to put your ash and butts in. Not many smoking Land Rover drivers opted for this thing of seventies beauty – all […]

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‘A new way of travelling close to nature’

‘A new way of travelling close to nature’

Do you like to eat fresh insects on the go? Then Italian company C.M.C. di Merli F. & C. had this wonderful option for your Land Rover Series: an ‘opening front screen with automatic windscreen wiper lifting mechanism’. It was even tested ánd approved by the Rover Company. The small brochure comes in three languages […]

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