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Land Rover Series One (Paperback)

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > 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.

The Land Rover was a great British success story and this is a great picture of the first ones that established that world class reputation.

Interesting reading in the page that starts each chapter and there is even more in the captions for the many photos. For the many Land Rover enthusiasts out there, as well as those with an interest in British motoring history there is plenty to enjoy in here.

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The Journal for The Society of Model & Experimental Engineers - Volume 30 - Number 6 - December 2022

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Tenterden Terrier, JOURNAL OF THE KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY - Winter 2022

John Carroll has compiled a superb survey of the first three Series of Land Rovers (the 110 and 90 and Defenders came later in the 1980s onwards) and the three books begin with short introductions to the genre, then copiously illustrated high quality
images of examples and applications, both civilian and military.

Special purpose vehicles are also covered as well as details and action shots showing features in use such as winches and the Power Take Off on early Series Iā€™s which allowed them to drive machinery much as a tractor could.

York City & District Society of Model Engineers

This first volume in a series of at least 3 books on the Land Rover in the Classic Vehicles series looks at the history and development of the Land Rover, known as the Series One. The book covers the period of 1948-1958.

Filled with detailed photos of the various variations of the series one Land Rover and good quality photos throughout.

A useful reference to this ubiquitous British vehicle that can still be seen on the roads today and were once everywhere and favoured by the British military.


Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Summer 22 Issue

"A useful introduction to the subject, the photographic content is full of the sort of details that Land Rover fans live for."

Best of British Magazine, August 2022

"This is a surprisingly absorbing book for anyone interested in classic vehicles, not only Lanny fans."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - July 22

About John Carroll

John Carroll is an esteemed motoring journalist and photographer. He is the editor of 4x4 magazine and contributes to Land Rover World and Off Road and 4 Wheel Drive, as well as having several books under his belt.

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