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Oxford Diecast 76LAN188020 Land Rover Series I 88'' Canvas REME

OD76LAN188020
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Brand: Oxford Diecast
Part Number: 76LAN188020
Scale / Type: OO Scale
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Rover chief engineer Maurice Wilks was inspired by his army-surplus Willys-Overland Jeep to create a workhorse vehicle for military and agricultural use - and for export abroad to kick-start both Rover's fortunes and the national economy after World War II. Prototypes were up and running by late 1947, and production of the Series I began at Solihull in summer 1948. It had permanent four-wheel-drive with low-ratio gearing and a locking freewheel mechanism, and a 50bhp, 1.6-litre engine from the Rover P3 saloon. It was fitted with lightweight body panels made from surplus aircraft-grade aluminium - steel was in short supply post-war - and came with army-surplus green paint. The Land Rover price started from just 450. Supply to the British forces started in 1949, the Land Rover replacing the Austin Champ and later, the rust-prone Austin Gipsy. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) mechanics responsible for the maintenance of the large rangeoof equipment used by the British Army. The Land Rovers rugged reliability in the field made it an ideal choice an many were used

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