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LAND ROVER series iii lwb

"A SHORT HISTORY OF THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER

The Land Rover Defender first appeared in 1983, as the Land Rover One Ten, followed a year later by the Land Rover Ninety. The Defender badge didn’t make its first appearance in 1991 to differentiate the more classically styled Land Rover from the relatively new Discovery model.

The Defender is what most people think of when you mention the name Land Rover, the model can trace its DNA right back to the first Land Rover made in 1948, and even though it’s now left the production line it’s more in demand than ever.

The core construction of the Defender follows closely in the footsteps of the Series Land Rovers that came before it. It sits on a steel box section chassis with a steel bulkhead and aluminium body panels. There are live axles front and rear sitting on coil springs (as opposed to the leaf springs used on Series vehicles), a removable roof, removable door tops, and a fold down windscreen."

 
 

 
 

LAND ROVER series iii lwb

"The Land Rover first appeared in the years just after WWII, resources were strictly rationed in the United Kingdom and practicality was cherished above all else. The initial concept was to take the best elements of a tractor and blend them with the best elements of the Jeep – creating a vehicle that could be used on the farm all week, then hosed off and used to drive the wife into town for church on Sunday morning.

THE SERIES III LWB SHOWN HERE

Today, collector interest in Land Rovers is surging. Restored examples that retain their original engine and drivetrain are by far the most valuable – as many underwent engine swaps over the years to increase power. The nut-and-bolt restoration on the Land Rover you see here has been extensive, it was fully disassembled and each part was brought back to better than original condition – or as is the case with the leaf springs, swapped out for higher performing modern units."

 
 

 
 

LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 HERITAGE

"The Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage was a special edition series based on the iconic 4×4 platform that started in 1998. Land Rover occasionally created special Defenders to mark special occasions or as a hat tip to their history, and the Heritage edition was bookended by the Defender 50th, and the Tomb Raider Defender of 2000.

The Heritage Defender featured body-coloured alloy wheels and wing mirrors, a unique front grill, and silver-painted door and windscreen hinges. The styling was designed to be closer to the original Land Rovers from 1948, and they’ve since been very popular with collectors and enthusiasts."

 
 

 
 

Land Rover Series IIA

"Many Land Rover historians consider the Series IIA to be the best of the Series models, it exists in a Goldilocks zone between refinement and simplicity – before the crack-prone plastic dashboards of the Series III but after some engine and transmission improvements over the Series II.

Land Rover used the Series IIA as a transitional model between the Series II and the Series III, the lights were moved from the grill to the front wings in 1969, a new diesel engine was offered (closely based on the 2.25 litre petrol engine), and in 1967 a 2.6 litre inline 6 cylinder petrol engine was introduced (for the LWB models)."

 
 

 
 

Ford Escort MK1 RS2000-R

"The Ford Escort Mk1 is perhaps Ford’s single largest success outside of the United States, over 2 million were built between 1968 and 1975, and the name still carries significant weight in the UK and much of Europe.

The formula of the Mk1 was relatively simple, it had a stamped steel body, MacPherson strut independent front suspension, a live rear axle sitting on leaf springs, rack-and-pinion steering, two doors (initially), and a 4-cylinder engine that ranged in size from 0.9 litres up to 2.0 litres.

None of these specifications were ground-breaking, none were all that modern, and they certainly weren’t unique."

 
 

 
 

OPEL KADETT CAR-A-VAN

"The Opel Kadett Car-A-Van was produced between 1962 and 1965 along with the rest of the Opel Kadett sub-models as the all-new competitor for the ageing Volkswagen Beetle – a car that had been utterly dominant in the German market for 20 years by the mid-1960s.

In almost every measurable way it was a significant improvement over the Beetle, it had more passenger space, better luggage capacity, much improved visibility for the driver, its water-cooled engine provided very effective heating for the passenger cabin, and its newly designed engine was more reliable and offered better fuel efficiency."

 
 

 
 

Land Rover Series III Adventure Rig

"The Land Rover is easily one of the most important and iconic vehicles of the 20th century. It’s believed that the first vehicle seen by approximately 60% of the people living in developing nations was a Land Rover of some description, usually covered with mud and being driven by pipe-smoking moustachioed men in pith helmets.

The story behind the invention of Britain’s greatest 4×4 is legendary – Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, had a surplus Jeep that he used with much success on his farm in Anglesey."

 
 

 
 

toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

"The Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 is a famously tough 4×4 that bears close resemblance to its sibling, the petrol-powered FJ40. These two off-roaders are uncompromising, spartan vehicles designed for use in the harshest environments on Earth, in fact many of them are still in use today across North Africa, Australia and South America.

The two countries that the Land Cruiser had the most influence over were almost certainly Brazil and Australia, the Brazilians had their own factory turning out FJ/BJs from 1958 till 2001 and the Australians are still divided with the loyal Land Cruiser owners on one side and faithful Land Rover owners on the other."

 
 

 
 

Land Rover Series 3

"It’s said that almost three quarters of all the Land Rovers ever built are still operational, and anyone who’s ever spent time with one will know why – they’re essentially four-wheel drive Meccano sets, and their aluminium bodies don’t rust. Although to be fair, the same can’t be said for their bulkheads or chassis.

The Series 3 Land Rover was the final iteration of the original Series 1 model released in 1948, it was also the most highly evolved of the Series model family, as well as the most mass produced – meaning that spare parts are typically easy to come by."

 
 

 
 

Ford Cortina GT

"The Ford Cortina GT was designed to be the in-house performance version of the popular Cortina – a car that had been developed to compete with the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor by Roy Brown Jr., the designer of the Ford Edsel – one of the most famous failures in the history of automotive design.

Roy had been exiled to Britain by Ford as they rebuilt their strategy for the USA and he’d been tasked with the relatively low-priority job of developing an affordable 4-door for the European middle-class. "

 
 

 
 

Land Rover Series III

"The Series III Land Rover was the last to wear the “Series” designation, and many view it as the last of the original Land Rovers.

Ever since the first Series I had rolled off the production line in 1948, Land Rover had been constantly updating the design to improve its capability off road, and its reliability. The Series I was built between 1948 and 1958, it was then replaced with the significantly updated Series II which was built between 1958 and 1961, before being replaced with the more refined Series IIA."

 
 

 
 

Mini Cooper Cafe Racer

"The Mini was originally developed in the shadow of the 1956 Suez Crisis to meet demand for an economical car that could seat 5 and still have room for luggage. As the story goes, Leonard Lord (the head of BMC) utterly despised German bubble cars, and the fact that they were seeing a popularity surge in Britain was taken as a matter of personal offence.

Lord vowed to rid the United Kingdom of the bubble car scourge and develop what he called “a proper miniature car” – a phrase that would later be revisited when it was time to name the new model."

 
 

 
 

Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

"The Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV was the final version in the popular Alfa Romeo 105/115 series – the common body used was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone and today it’s remembered as one of the most enduring designs from Alfa during the period.

Alfa built the 2000 GTV, otherwise known at the 2000 Grand Tourismo Veloce, between 1971 and 1976. It was fitted with the largest engine ever offered by the factory in this model family – an advanced aluminium-alloy inline-4 with a DOHC, a swept capacity of 1962cc, and a power output of 130 HP at 5500 RPM."