Land Rover Se­ries I 86in ‘State IV’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driven -

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.

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