Land Rover Series IIA

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Many Land Rover historians consider the Series IIA to be the best of the Series models, it exists in a Goldilocks zone between refinement and simplicity – before the crack-prone plastic dashboards of the Series III but after some engine and transmission improvements over the Series II. Land Rover used the Series IIA as a transitional model…

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Colin Chapman’s Range Rover Classic

Range Rover Classic

The Range Rover Classic was initially released to the public in 1970 as a relatively unique concept – it was a 4×4 with less of a utilitarian focus, and much more attention paid to comfort and on-road drivability. The improved on-road manners possessed by the first Range Rovers was largely thanks to their coil spring suspension,…

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Porsche 597 Jagdwagen 4×4

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The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen is a 4×4 developed by the German marque in 1953 as a prototype for tender to the German Army, as a vehicle comparable to the Jeep, Land Rover, Kübelwagen, and to a lesser degree, the Unimog. The contract would eventually go to the DKW Munga, as there was no feasible way…

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International Scout Encyclopedia

International Scout Encyclopedia

The new International Scout Encyclopedia was co-written by longtime journalist and four-wheel drive historian Jim Allen and globally respected collector and Scout expert John Glancy. They managed to dig up many never-before-seen images and some new details about the Scout, as well as all the detailed information you would expect. The IH Scout is a…

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Land Rover Series 3

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It’s said that almost three quarters of all the Land Rovers ever built are still operational, and anyone who’s ever spent time with one will know why – they’re essentially four-wheel drive Meccano sets, and their aluminium bodies don’t rust. Although to be fair, the same can’t be said for their bulkheads or chassis. The Series…

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Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

The Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser was the first station wagon 4×4 built by the Japanese marque offering seating for up to 7 adults depending on internal configuration. The original prototype for Toyota’s first 4×4 came thanks to a Willys Jeep that the Japanese found in the Philippines during WWII. The vehicle was sent back to Japan, shortly…

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Range Rover Classic Two-Door

Range Rover Classic

In 1970 the Rover Company rolled out a new two-door 4×4 called the Range Rover. It’s not known if they had any inkling how important this new model would be, or if they had any realistic idea just how popular a road-friendly luxury 4×4 would be both in Britain and around the world. It’s possible…

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1976 Ford Bronco Ranger

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The original Ford Bronco hasn’t quite piqued the interest of historic 4×4 collectors in the same way as the two-door Range Rover Classic or Toyota FJ40, this is likely due to the fact that they’re not seen as being particularly exotic or rare – although their numbers have certainly dwindled significantly since their initial production…

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Twin Spark Off Road Icon Posters

Twin Spark Posters

Twin Spark is a small printshop based in Bandung, Indonesia – and this is their first run of posters. The theme is off road icons, and it includes 4 silkscreened prints in total, including 2 Land Rovers, a Toyota FJ40, and a VW Thing. Each print costs $15 USD, they’re printed on Canson Montval paper (300…

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Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota released its first 4×4 for public sale in 1951, it was essentially a clone of the American Jeep but over the decades that followed the Japanese honed the design into something unique – and much loved around the world. Today the FJ40 stands as probably the most famous of the early Japanese 4x4s, and…

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1943 Willys Jeep With Trailer

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The Willys Jeep is a little 4×4 that would go on to punch well above its weight as the history of the automobile unfolded across the 20th Century – every 4×4 currently in existence can trace a significant portion of its heritage directly back to the American military’s little green beast. As the Second World…

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Land Rover Series III

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The Series III Land Rover was the last to wear the “Series” designation, and many view it as the last of the original Land Rovers. Ever since the first Series I had rolled off the production line in 1948, Land Rover had been constantly updating the design to improve its capability off road, and its…

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