Land Rover Series I 86in ‘State IV’
In the early 1950s the Rover company was very alert to the marketing potential of having the Land Rover associated with the Royal Family on their Commonwealth tour. The recently launched 86in wheelbase model obviously provided the ideal basis for a parade car. The Duke of Edinburgh selected the distinctive Royal Claret paint scheme. Today the 1953 ÔState IVÕ lives in retirement at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, and it is evident how it set the template for all future Land Rovers used by HM; easy access for the main passengers and discreetly mounted guard rails.