A new battlecry - Many Lives! Plus: Freelander tyre advice and new product tips
Most people consider a low number of previous owners to be desirable when buying a car, but with a Land Rover this may not always be the case.
When I bought my 1973 Series III seven years ago, 14 other people had owned this vehicle before me. It has a replacement front wing that doesn’t match, a blue rear door hinge while the rest of the vehicle is green, a replacement engine, and numerous holes and switches on the dash for modifications that once did something important.
During a recent maintenance check, l discovered a perished pipe; it had ‘Alfa Romeo’ stamped on it. I actually felt guilty to be replacing this with the correct part, as I felt I had washed out some of the history.
All these uses and modifications by previous owners give history to the vehicles we own which for me enhances the ownership of my Land Rover and makes me realise that it has secrets I am yet to discover about its past.
The average cat may have nine lives, but my SIII is on its 15th. Rather than ‘One Life, Live It’ perhaps we should have ‘Many Lives, Live Them’ emblazoned on our Land Rovers.
Many LRO readers will understand where you’re coming from on this. I know I do. Mark Saville
James’s SIII has that well lived with look