8 facts about the Land Rover Defender, which you didn’t know
Defender, which means «defender», produced since 1948, and happy customers for almost seven decades. On Earth few places that have not visited his wheel. The machine really is legendary, and probably will be the best choice for any traveler. We bring you 9 facts about this SUV that you never knew.
1. The name «Defender» has existed since 1990
When the SUV is put into production, the dust of war had abated, and no one was Affairs to the marketing component. New Land Rover called a series, i.e. Land Rover 1 Land Rover 2, etc. And only in 1990, so as not to cause confusion in the lineup, it was called «Defender». And he has indeed saved many lives.
2. The car was initially covered with aluminum
Was this a necessary measure. Aluminium was cheaper, steel is not enough, especially after the war. Of course, now aluminium is much more expensive, but it is still used because of the ease. But before I could accuse the company in nischebrodstvo for such a thing.
3. It drove the Queen
The British, of course. Moreover, it was her primary vehicle when not had to ride in a limo. But what else? Quality and reliability, plus the need to maintain its manufacturer. A good example.
4. And she was trolling driving of the Prince of Saudi Arabia
You’re probably aware that women drive in Saudi Arabia impossible. So, when Abdullah (later king of the Saudis) made an official visit to the Scottish estate of the British Queen, she offered him a small ride around the area. A political statement has turned clear. The Queen climbed into the driver’s seat, stepped on the gas and speeds into the wild went on the road. Abdullah has been through a translator to ensure that the British monarch had reduced his ardor.
5. You can do Defender’and the truck
In General, there is a model of how Forest Rover, which was built for forestry work. But who cares? This old monster, no doubt, better than most trucks at the same price that is on the market today.
6. Plus one instance with caterpillars instead of wheels
The infernal machine was designed to go through deep swamps, while not stopping. Land Rover really cared about, to be better and to be everywhere. Look at those caterpillars!
7. Model a station wagon Land Rover was built in the same factory that made car bodies for Rolls-Royce
Not everyone wants the harsh SUV without all the bells and whistles. Therefore, Land Rover turned to Tickford, who were very prosharenny in all these cases, which made for SUV new passenger compartments made of wood, adding details such as cabin heating, leather seats and other luxuries that we now seem to be a common ingredient of any car.
8. The prototype was an American SUV
Or to be more precise, the Willys MB, which was used by soldiers during the Second world war. It was great at the time jeep, and he earned the respect of many soldiers.