A Century of Cars: 12. Corgi 1962 Land-Rover Series 2 88in Truck Cab
The first Land-Rover was designed in
1948 in the United Kingdom (on the island of Anglesey in Wales) by
Maurice Wilks, chief designer at Rover on his farm in Newborough,
Anglesey. It is said that he was inspired by an American World War
II Jeep that he used one summer at his holiday home in Wales. The
first Land-Rover prototype 'centre steer' was built on a Jeep
A distinctive feature is their bodies, constructed of a lightweight rustproof proprietary alloy of aluminium and magnesium called Birmabright. This material was used because of post war steel shortages and a plentiful supply of post-war aircraft aluminium. This metal's resistance to corrosion was one of the factors that allowed the vehicle to build up a reputation for longevity in the toughest conditions. It is reckoned that 75% of all those ever built are still in use. The early choice of colour was dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, so early vehicles only came in various shades of light green; all models until recently feature sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis.