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A Little Bit About Land Rovers…We all have our own reasons for loving Landrovers, and whichever model is your personal preference (ours being the Defender), you probably know a thing or two about it.
But how much do you know about Landrover’s history? And when was the last time you brushed up on all the fun facts and tidbits about the brand and its models?
Well, allow us to share a few fun facts about this loveable rogue of an off-roader. Some of them you may know, others you may not, but either way, the easiest way to fall in love with a Landrover is to learn a little bit more about it.
They’ve always kept things simple…
Landrover’s first design was somewhat of a WWII era Jeep/Tractor hybrid. The steering wheel and driving seat were slap bang in the middle, to give it that all-important “different to a car” feeling, as well as to avoid production complications (one size would fit all, without having to cater for left and right-hand drives).
Of course, the design has moved on a bit since then, but they haven’t tried to fix what wasn’t broken; a method that has served them well, considering they sold their one millionth Landrover in 1976.
They’re all about getting back to nature…
So much so that they used timber frames for their vehicles for years. For decades, in fact, before shaking up the design and opting for sturdier, safer steel frames instead.
They know how to do a road trip…
Back in 1955, Landrover sponsored the ultimate road trip, for students at Oxford and Cambridge. They set out off from London to drive around the world, stopping everywhere from Singapore to the Sahara. Naturally, the Landrover made the journey a breeze, and the public knew all about it, thanks to the BBC’s coverage.
They aren’t afraid to think outside the box…
Not only did Landrover beef up their vehicle with tractor tyres in the 1950s, creating precursor to the Monster Truck, but they’ve also created floating SUVs and military vehicles, as well as converting into ambulances, tractors, and fire trucks. And if you’ve seen the film Judge Dredd, you may have noticed the very rare (and very cool) 101 Forward Vehicle…by Landrover.
They’ve got some serious celebrity fans…
As well as a long list of singers, actors, sports stars and public figures behind their wheels, Landrovers are also the vehicle of choice for none other than the Royal Family. That’s right; the Windsors. But the Queen and Co. aren’t the only British institution to fall for the Landrover’s charms. Former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, received a first-generation Series I for his 80th birthday, with a heated foot well and bespoke seating width.
And there they are; just a few fun facts about Landrovers. Of course, there’s still plenty to learn about the vehicles and the brand, and yet even more to experience. So take a look at our Defenders and see which is the right fit for you!