The Land Rover Defender 90″ is the short wheelbase version of the more common 110″ long wheelbase Defender, they’re tough, go anywhere 4x4s and although this may sound strange, I think they’re quite beautiful.
The Series 1 Land Rover is still one of the most capable 4x4s ever made, it may not have traction control, independent suspension or any fancy buttons but it did have extraordinary lightness. Although perhaps Kam’s Land Rover wouldn’t be so light with it’s driver onboard.
It isn’t every day that something as quintessentially British as this comes along, meet Winston Churchill’s 1954 Land Rover Series 1, a car that was specifically built for the man himself with an extra-wide driver’s seat and an arm rest in place of the passenger seat.
I love this photograph. It wasn’t perfectly executed, the Land Rover is a little out of focus and you can see the shadow of the photographer in the dune but none of this really matters. To me this is a picture that was clearly taken by a man out on his own with his 4×4 having an adventure. It’s the sort of thing we should all do a little more often.
The current generation Land Rover Defender is the direct result of 64 years of automotive evolution, the first, humble Series 1 rolled off the production line in 1948 and in much the same way that you can tell a Porsche 911 is a Porsche 911, you can tell immediately that the Land Rover is a Land Rover.
The classic Jeep Wagoneer is one of those unmistakably American cars, this example is fitted with a V8 and an automatic transmission, sadly the air-conditioning needs a little work…
This classic promotional film from Chevrolet shows the 1957 Pikes Peak climb, using normal, factory spec Chevrolet 4x4s. This isn’t the usual race up the dusty trail…
Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel, sell it all, buy an old jeep and go for an adventure. Photographs like this do absolutely nothing to discourage this desire.
It isn’t often that I discover a Land Rover variant I’ve never seen before, so when I stumbled across a picture of this, the Bell Aurens Longnose I thought I was looking at a long forgotten Land Rover concept car, or perhaps an old Defender modified by a wealthy oil sheik.
The 1970’s were a special time for disco, fashion, music, cocaine smugglers and off road racing. This documentary, titled “Dirt”, covers the wild and wacky dirt based motor racing events of the late 70’s with all the keyboard synth dazzle you can handle.
This is a picture of a Jeep piloted by Jim Vaughan in the 70’s, it’s a great example of wheel-articulation is action. I stumbled across this snapshot over on the brilliant OffRoadAction.ca website, check them out if you have time.
If you’ve been hunting around for a suitable end-of-the-world vehicle with the impending and entirely likely US default looming and due as early as next Tuesday, this Series 3 Land Rover just may be your ticket.