Land Rover is an iconic luxury car brand with a vibrant history. The company started in 1947. There were many models and variations to the Land Rover line. If you happen t have a Land Rover vehicle in your garage, make sure you have a Land Rover repair manual to go along with it.
The design for the original Rover was by two brothers- Maurice Wilks and Spencer Wilks. They developed the first one on their farm in Anglesey. Most agree that the original design was based on the Jeep and in fact, the prototype was built using a Jeep chassis and axles.
The first Land Rover was debuted in 1948 in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Auto Show to great interest.
At the time of the first Land Rovers, it was protocol to use military surplus paint. Thus, the early Land Rovers were all painted with military green.
Land Rover became an official company in 1978. BMW acquired Land Rover in 1994 and by 2000 BMW was broken up and Land Rover became a part of the Ford Motor Company.
In its early years, the Land Rover and the Range Rover enjoyed great commercial success. Originally the Land Rover was designed to be used commercially as a 4x4.
Throughout its history, Land Rover has released several editions and generations of its iconic automobile
The Series II was debuted in 1958 and by 1961 the Series IIA was in production. In 1967 they became part of British Leyland Motors and would go on to release the Range Rover by 1970.
The Series III was the next release for the company in 1971.
In 1976 the 1 millionth Land Rover was released from the assembly line. 1978 saw the introduction of Land Rover Limited, which was created to be a separate subsidiary of British Leyland.
The 5 door Land Rover was introduced in the 1980s for the first time. It wasn’t until 1987 though that the Range Rover was introduced into the American market. In 1997 a special edition Land Rover was made available to the American public. It was a Land Rover Special Edition Discovery XD. This car had many special features only available on this special edition and it was painted with a signature AA yellow paint. In fact, only 250 of these limited-edition Land Rovers were produced.
In June of 2018 Land Rover announced that they were working on a new project to develop robot-driven cars.
If you are fortunate enough to own a Land Rover vehicle of any year or generation, be sure you have the Land Rover workshop manual to accompany you.