Why the Land Rover Series 1 Is Collectable
Photography by Amy Shore for Petrolicious
The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol, where we discuss the car, and Gear Patrol discusses the essential gear inspired by the car. (Click here to see the rest of The Collector Series on Petrolicious.)
Perhaps the highest praise that could possibly be paid to the iconic Land Rover, is that sixty-six years on, it remains in production (now the Land Rover Defender) and yet was only intended as a stop-gap product for Rover. Following World War II, Rover needed a vehicle that they could export and build in large enough numbers to utilize their highly-skilled workforce. When a new car proved too expensive to manufacture, with questionable exportability, Rover turned their attention to a vehicle that would be useful in agricultural settings (almost like a tractor) but could also function as transportation.