Seventy-five years ago in the UK, at the Rover plant, the production of one of the most famous Land Rover SUVs in the world began. And by chance, one of the English fans of these cars recently demonstrated the first-born of the brand in the field, along with a plow. Moreover, this was not a curiosity invented to entertain the public, but an accurate reproduction of historical reality. After all, Land Rover was originally designed as a multi-purpose vehicle for various agricultural work, including plowing.
Cars of the first generation – Series I had a four-seater open body with an awning. The car had a characteristic, easily recognizable appearance. It had pantone-shaped wings protruding forward, and between them, in the depths, there was a radiator grille with headlights on the sides. This protected them from damage. Interestingly, the spare wheel was mounted directly on the hood, strictly horizontally.
It is clear that one of the qualities of such a machine should have been anti-corrosion resistance. And the creators of Land Rover laid out an aluminum body on a durable spar frame. The fact is that after the end of World War II, the production of military aircraft decreased sharply and “winged metal,” unlike steel, ceased to be in short supply.
The Rover 60 petrol 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters developed 50 hp. With. A four-speed manual gearbox was paired with a two-speed transfer case. Both bridges were leading. Their suspension was classic, that is, on longitudinal leaf springs. The maximum speed was 72 km/h. Later, a two-liter gasoline engine appeared, as well as a diesel engine of the same displacement and the same power – 52 hp. With.
In 1957, the Series I was replaced by the Series II. It featured a wheelbase increased from 80 to 88 inches, as well as a slightly modified body.