As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Vehicools series (5) – The Adventurer’s LAND ROVER

My son and I were on a recent visit to my hometown. My nephew Liam was eager to entertain his 2 year old cousin so he went on a treasure hunt around the house and found these  toy-like objects -miniature vehicles that are almost too beautiful to play with. These miniature models became the inspiration of this week’s posts “Vehicools”. We look into vehicles that are ‘cool’ and ‘noteworthy’ because of how they came to be and what they have come to symbolize.

Today I feature The Land Rover, a vehicle associated with adventure and exploring unchartered territory. My brother Joel, the biggest adventurer in the family, had one for years and he took it just about everywhere. The miniature model originally belonged to him as well before it got passed on to Liam and his brothers. Hmmm.. which came first- the chicken or the egg? I guess next time I see him I should ask which one he got first- the mini-model or real deal? 
The Adventurer’s LAND ROVER
Miniature Model Made by New Discovery
The Adventurer’s LANDROVER
Miniature Model Made by New Discovery

History of the Land Rover
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Land Rover is a British car manufacturer with its headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom which specialises in four-wheel-drive vehicles. It is owned by the Indian company Tata Motors, forming part of their Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group. It is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep).

The Land Rover name was originally used by the Rover Company for one specific vehicle model, named simply the Land Rover, launched by Rover in 1948. Over the following years it developed into a marque encompassing a range of four-wheel-drive models, including the Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rovers are currently assembled in the company’s Halewood and Solihull plants, with research and development taking place at JLR’s Gaydon and Whitley engineering centres. Land Rover sold 194,000 vehicles worldwide in 2009.

Watch this BBC feature about the Legendary Land Rover, 
 the iconic vehicle of  adventurers and development workers

The design for the original Land Rover vehicle was started in 1947 by Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, on his farm in Newborough, Anglesey. It is said that he was inspired by an American World War II Jeep that he used one summer at his holiday home in Wales. The first Land Rover prototype, later nicknamed ‘Centre Steer’, was built on a Jeep chassis.

The early choice of colour was dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, so early vehicles only came in various shades of light green; all models until recently feature sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis.

My brother Joel with his Land Rover and some children
in a mountain baranggay in Cebu, Philippines

Check out the latest models of the Land Rover

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