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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.

JAMES ROBB

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

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