Rover­phile

James Tay­lor brings out more re­mark­able and un­usual Land Rovers and Range Rovers

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In the early 1970s, Swe­den and Fin­land in­tro­duced reg­u­la­tions that stip­u­lated a re­quire­ment for some means of clear­ing ice and snow from the head­lamp lenses of ve­hi­cles. For that rea­son, all Range Rovers that were sold there, be­gin­ning

(I think) with suf­fix-b mod­els in early 1973, had to have a spe­cial wash­wipe sys­tem.

I had never seen a Range Rover so equipped, so

I was very pleased to re­ceive this pho­to­graph from Hen­rik Sil­ber­stein.

It ac­tu­ally shows a 1975 suf­fix-d ve­hi­cle owned by Michael Valen­tiner-branth in Den­mark (who is sell­ing the ve­hi­cle). As you can hope­fully make out, there’s a bar over each head­lamp, which had a pivot for the wiper blade and a washer jet to deal with the snow and ice.

So why, I won­der, weren’t they black in­stead of in bright metal?

Would have been handy in the UK this win­ter, eh?

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