Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage

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The Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage was a special edition series based on the iconic 4×4 platform that started in 1998. Land Rover occasionally created special Defenders to mark special occasions or as a hat tip to their history, and the Heritage edition was bookended by the Defender 50th, and the Tomb Raider Defender of…

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1971 Steyr-Puch Haflinger

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The Steyr-Puch Haflinger was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the ageing American-built Jeeps that were still being used by the Austrian military. The engineering that went into the unusual looking Haflinger was outstanding, and despite its unconventional appearance its capabilities as an off-roader are exceptional. The head engineer was Erich Ledwinka,…

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1955 Dodge Power Wagon

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The Dodge Power Wagon was introduced in 1945 as a civilian version of the mighty Dodge WC military truck that had been used extensively throughout WWII. The re-modelled civilian version became immediately popular with farmers, outdoorsmen, and others who needed a truck that could carry cargo and go anywhere. The Power Wagon also had a…

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1972 Ford Bronco

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The Ford Bronco was one of the first three mass-produced SUVs to be built in America, along with the International Harvester Scout and the Jeep CJ-5. The genre that the three 4x4s pioneered has gone on to become one of the most popular and lucrative in automotive history – now catered to by dozens of…

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1951 Willys M38 Jeep

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The Willys M38 Jeep was the revised and updated version of the civilian-specification CJ-3A, which itself was an update of the venerable WWII era Willys Jeep MB. Willys developed the M38 to supply the US military for the Korean War, although by the end of the conflict most of the Jeeps that had been used…

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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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