Vehicles

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    Sell for Leather

    Buying a blinded up Defender can mean spending the sort of cash that could buy you a new Range Rover. But a company in Kent is trying to make cool 90s more affordable to the common man. And their new demo truck is definitely very bling indeed...

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    A Heavyweight Among Lightweights

    Ten years ago, what looked like an unassuming Lightweight had just embarked on a spell of dominance in top-level off-road competitions that was to last half a decade. And it did it on leaf springs – albeit with some very clever tricks behind them. Not to mention two very special axles…

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    Birthday Surprise

    What’s your definition of the perfect wife? How about one who buys you a galvanised chassis for your birthday…

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    Self Preservation

    More than a quarter of a century after it was built, this time-warp example of a V8 90 CSW has just come up for sale. With two owners and just 22,500 miles on the clock, it’s got to be one of the best preserved 90s on the face of the earth.

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    Short and Sweet

    First rule of prepping a Land Rover for overland travel? Don’t buy a short-wheelbase. Except that’s exactly what Gareth Griffiths did – and he was totally satisfied with the results.

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    Discovery 3: Worth the Risk?

    The Discovery 3 was a revolutionary vehicle in Land Rover’s history. Early examples are now temptingly cheap – but frighteningly expensive to maintain. We asked the experts if there’s any way to buy an affordable Disco 3 without it coming back to bite you.

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    Fun for All the Family

    You don’t see many P38s getting the off-road treatment. That’s one reason why Paul Goldring decided to give it a go – and having accepted the challenge, he’s created a top toy his whole family can enjoy.

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    Spares or Splendour

    When professional restorer Richard Lawson found himself with a collection of Land Rover parts lying about his workshop after finishing a job, he knew he had to put them to good use. So he went looking for a Land Rover to put them on – and ended up creating one...

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    Carry on Camping

    Footloose 4x4’s new Sherazee conversion turns a basic Defender 130 into more than just a motorhome. With a full camper body and every bit of its off-road ability retained, you’ll be able to carry on camping for as long as you want…

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    Turning Up the Heat

    With its Vesuvius Orange colour scheme, Mike Hayes’ unique Range Rover pick-up is already hot. Add a tuned 3.9-litre V8 and lowered suspension, and you’ve got the recipe for what he calls his ‘Ferrari for a fat bloke…’

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    Have Hybrids Had Their Day?

    Back in the days when derelict Range Rovers and Series IIIs were ten a penny, 90s still cost a fortune and the government didn’t insist on smashing up everybody’s fun, building hybrids was an everyday part of the Land Rover scene. Today, far less people are doing it – though if you want...

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    Burning Ambition

    Graham Faragher’s Defender 110  Td5 is a bit different from your ex-council hard-top. It’s fitted with an optional extra that surely makes it unique – in the shape of a fully fledged half-tonne wood-burning pizza oven…

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    Back from the Brink: Part Two

    Spinney Engineering's labour of love is coming on apace.

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    Revitalised Rangey

    Gumtree 4x4 breathes new life into one of the rarest late Mk1 Range Rovers

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    Quick Escalation

    Caroline Grossett knew she was on to a pretty safe bet when she sent her partner Stuart Newton on a Land Rover Experience driving day. Little did she know, though, that by the time he was finished they’d have decided there was only one thing for it…

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    The Agony of Choice

    Buying a Defender is still as good an idea as ever. Only problem is, which kind do you go for? Factory fresh or expertly refurbished: each has a good many points in its favour…

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    Another Kind of Barn Conversion

    Buying an old barn in Devon meant Neil Witt had a lot of rubble to shift. Buying a ‘rusty, knackered’ Series IIA was a bit of a novel answer, but as well as helping him build his house the old truck converted him to the Land Rover way.

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    Mk1s without the miles

    Interest in straight Range Rover Mk1s is building all the time. Even a late Classic can now be valuable – and if its clock is showing super-low miles, it’s even better.

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    Back from the Brink: Part One

    IIA bought for parts – but now coming back to life.

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    Busman's Holiday

    When you spend your working days maintaining a fleet of 14 Land Rovers for an agricultural estate, it might reasonably be assumed that you won’t want to spend your leisure time working on Land Rovers. But Nick Mills is so into it, he didn’t just build himself one.

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    A Very Special Vehicle

    When Jim Marsden bought a 90 SV, little did he know that one day he would get into trouble with purists for using such a rare Defender in winch challenges. But even when he was driving it to a string of successes at the highest level of the sport, there...

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    50 Shades of Land Rover

    Aside from the 80” itself, there’s nothing like the 107” Station Wagon for making Land Rover fans come over all nostalgic. Rare, beautiful and hugely desirable among collectors and restorers, it’s special even by normal Series I standards.

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    G-Wac: Preserving the first Discos

    When the first Discovery was launched in 1989, a group of 86 vehicles with G-WAC number
plates flew the flag for a model that was to turn Land Rover’s fortunes around. Today, with the 3dr getting as rare as the 2dr Range Rover and just 19 G-WACs left, the original Discovery...

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    Blossoming Late In Life...

    The Series IIB isn’t known 
for its looks. But Land 
Rover’s original 110-inch work truck has a 
functional elegance we can all admire – especially when it’s being modified and restored into a shining example of an everyday classic.

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    A Very Big Car in the Country

    Driving a string of desirable performance cars didn’t stop John Duerden from dreaming about one day owning a Land Rover. So when he finally moved out of the city and became a country-dweller once again, this farmer-turned-stock-trader knew exactly what he wanted to put on his driveway…

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    Disco 4 Towing: High Tech or Old School?

    There’s no such thing as a Discovery that’s bad at towing. But the latest
models go about the job armed with an arsenal of high-tech gadgets designed to make them even better. Is that what it takes now to keep the Disco at the head of its class?

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    Salt Of The Earth

    This 88” Series III has lived its life amid the sea spray of the Western Isles. But you’d never know that to look at it – because it’s fresh out of a ground-up restoration.

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    A Chip Off The Old Block

    Paul Bramley has been 
spannering since before he 
went to school. No surprise, 
then, that when he turned 
his mind to building a 100” 
special, the results looked 
like something out of a factory. 
And when he tells you about the build buddy who helped make it 
happen, it’s even...

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    Freelander 1: Is It Really That Bad?

    The Mk1 Freelander was a massive sales success, but these days there are plenty of people willing to cane it for its reliability. There’s plenty to fear from Land Rover’s original soft-roader – but if you understand what it’s all about, it might not be such a bad idea after all.

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    Restored with love: off-roaded with passion

    Last time we saw a back-to-original 1970 Range Rover, it was on sale for almost fifty grand.  If anything, this one is even more desirable - not least because its owner would never let it go

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    Life's Great Adventure

    Three years ago, Toby Barnes-Taylor was getting ready for early retirement after serving nineteen years in the armed forces. A few months before returning to civvy street he bumped into his old friend Woody.

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    A Classic - and then some!

    Churchill 4x4 has just finished restoring this 1961 Series II.  It's every inch a classic, but it's far from standard.

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    Building a better bobtail

    Sean Robb didn’t just want to bobtail his Range Rover. He’d seen a lot of rough ones – now he wanted to do it properly

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