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Land Rover Series One (Paperback)

British History Transport 20th Century Cars

By John Carroll
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781913295646
Published: 13th April 2022


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The Land Rover was a post-war marvel, a vehicle that helped change the face of motoring on and off-road around the world. From its humble beginnings as a temporary stopgap intended to get the Rover Company up and running again, created in a workshop at Solihull, it soon endeared itself to those who needed to travel off the beaten track anywhere in the world. Its success can be gauged by the fact that, in only six years, more than 100,000 were made.

The vehicle evolved quickly in its first ten years from 1948-58 – to the extent that the Land Rovers known as Series Ones include five wheelbases and three engines – and it became a permanent part of the Rover Company’s range. Owners and drivers soon included royalty, farmers, explorers and soldiers, and the Land Rover became a ubiquitous part of the British landscape, especially in rural areas.

Inevitably, the Land Rovers that started the legend became cherished and sought-after classics, to the extent that the Land Rover Series One Club is now the largest Land Rover club in the world. Series Ones are owned by people as diverse as the tasks Land Rovers are expected to perform, and this book reflects that. Photographed in recent years, it offers a portrait of these cherished vehicles, their owners and the events they attend.

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About John Carroll

John Carroll has been a full-time motoring journalist since 1989 and has worked on numerous magazines in that time, including spells editing Windscreen (the magazine of the Military Vehicle Trust) and Classic Military Vehicle magazines. He was also the editor of Classic Land Rover Magazine for many years. He is a widely published author with more than 20 automotive books to his credit. He bought his second Land Rover, a 1957 Series One 88in that required a full rebuild, for £300 in 1989 and still has it. It has now been joined by a 1953 80in, which also cost £300 and needed a full rebuild. John says he cannot put a price on the fun and numerous experiences that these two old Land Rovers have brought him.

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