We reveal important evidence that suggests the Centre Steer prototype may still exist
“It’s compelling evidence that the Holy Grail of Land Rovers is probably still in existence”
The startling Candy Apple Green Ninety on this month’s front cover certainly stands out from the crowd, but if you stood it alongside the original Centre Steer prototype of 1947 you’d still be able to spot the family resemblance. Every Land Rover ever built can trace its DNA back to that near-mythical machine.
Nothing divides opinions among Land Rover enthusiasts more than the existence, or otherwise, of the Centre Steer. Some say it was left in a corner of the factory before being scrapped, others say it was saved from the scrap yard by an employee with a sense of history (and that even today it is hidden in a garage in the Midlands).
Well, this month we can state categorically that it wasn’t scrapped at the Solihull factory, because we have the first-hand testimony of a man who saw it after it had left the factory. Graham Nash was only a lad when he was taken by his father and uncle to see it, but he remembers it clearly. And he can also remember where it was and who was taking care of it on behalf of the senior Rover manager who had sanctioned its rescue.
It’s compelling evidence that the Holy Grail of Land Rovers is probably still in existence. After all, having been saved, who would then decide to destroy it? That would be illogical. Read all about it on page 94 and draw your own conclusions.
Meanwhile, enjoy summer in your Land Rover. I’ve just returned from a brilliant break in North Norfolk with my 1984 Ninety and had a great time (page 54). As always, happy Land Rovering.