Range Rover


This book is dedicated to the legendary Land Rover Range Rover. In it you will find hundreds of original photos of SUVs from company’s advertising materials published from the 1970s to the 2000s.
The images are accompanied by dozens of technical and historical facts about three generations of the Range Rover cars.
The book, of course, will be a great gift to all current, former and future owners of Range Rover, as well as to anyone who is not indifferent to the classic models of the company.



Range Rover

Range Rover celebrated its 50th anniversary
in the summer of 2020.
Its debut was an important milestone
in the development of the global
automotive industry and the basis for a
whole class of cars emerging, because,
in fact, Range Rover was the world’s
first luxury all-terrain vehicle, which felt
equally well both on highways and in impassable

The Range Rover owes its birth to
Maurice Wilks, a talented automotive
designer and technical director of the
British company Rover.

In the early postwar
years, Wilks made extensive use of
a battered Willys Army Jeep in his daily
life. As legend has it, his brother Spencer,
Rover’s managing director, asked
Maurice what he would do when his
warhorse eventually went out of commission.

“I’ll buy another one, I suppose
there is nothing else like it,” Maurice replied.
As a result of this fateful conversation,
the Wilks brothers got the idea
for the perfect SUV.

Not surprisingly, it
was similar to the Willys Jeep, which
served as a “donor” for the first prototype
of the future Land Rover. The Wilks
brothers felt that there was a market
niche for a civilian version of the all-terrain
vehicle, and organized its production
at the Rover factory in Solihull.

Since steel was in short supply at the
time, Wilks decided to create the new
car’s body from aluminum alloy. The
ladder-type steel frame was welded by
hand, eliminating the need for expensive
press equipment.

Surprisingly, the basic ladder-frame chassis was used in
the manufacture of all Land Rover products
up until the last classic Land Rover
Defender in January 2016. The same
chassis was the basis for the first and
second generation Range Rover (1970-
2002), as well as two generations of
Land Rover Discovery (1989-2003).

The first Land Rover prototype was built
in the summer of 1947. Many parts and
components were borrowed from the
Willys Jeep. Under the hood was a 48-hp gasoline engine with a capacity of 1389 cc
from the Rover sedan.

The spartan seat and steering column were centered, with
all available space dedicated to carrying
cargo. Work on refining the car continued
until the spring of 1948, and on April
30, two prototypes of the new Land Rover
brand were presented to the visitors of the
International Motor Show in Amsterdam.

One was a standard model, and the other
was equipped with a PTO-driven welder
to demonstrate the possibility of installing
additional equipment.

During testing, the idea of a centered steering wheel was
abandoned, so the exhibition versions had
the steering column in the usual location
for countries with right- and left-hand drive.

Buyers appreciated the simple, reliable,
and unpretentious design of the British
all-terrain vehicle. In the first year, 3,048
were produced, which more than doubled
to 8,000 the next year, and rose to
16,000 in 1950. It was a success!

Naturally, the company correctly assessed
the market potential of its brainchild
and actively undertook developing
it. The 1.3-liter engine was first replaced
by a more powerful 1.6-liter (50 hp) from
the new Rover P3 60 sedan, and it was
replaced in 1951 by an overhead-valve
2-liter engine.

In 1953, the wheelbase
was increased from the original 80
inches to 86 inches, and a version with
a lengthened wheelbase to 107 inches
was introduced. In 1956, the axle spacing
was increased to 88 and 109 inches,
respectively, to accommodate the larger
2052cc diesel engine, which first became
available a year later.