Most Land Rover owners know about the Land Rover's earliest history. The Wilks Brothers, higher-ups at The Rover Car Company, had a wartime Jeep, drove it around their farm in Wales, thought they could build something like it in Britain, and drew a picture in the sands of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey. Millions of Land Rovers and billions of adventures followed over the next 71 years. But who, really, were the Wilks Brothers? And what else were they known for?
Over the years, Land Rover has produced some iconic colors, whose names are legend among enthusiasts. Many of the colors in their palate over the years have been derived from the names of places, both in Britain and abroad. The origin of some of these names is obvious, but a few have some obscure tie to the place they’re named after.
Fifty-one years ago, one of the most famous and stealthy military Land Rovers came into existence – the Pink Panther. Thirty-five years after its retirement, it’s still an icon and one of the most collectible military Land Rovers.
Just like the Land Rover broke down barriers, Barbara Toy did too, taking some of the first extremely long-range expeditions with the new Series I Land Rover in the early 1950s. A woman traveling solo, she took her truck, Pollyanna, around the world, focusing often on the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East. Not only was she one of the first women to travel long-distance overland solo; she was one of the first people to do it at all.
2019 marks two significant anniversaries for the Land Rover Discovery, the do-it-all hero of the Land Rover lineup. It's 30 years since its launch in 1989 in most global markets, and 25 years since it entered the North American marketplace in 1994. To celebrate, we're going to take a two-part look back at the history of this significant Land Rover model this month.
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