Dis­cov­ery Com­mer­cial

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12The three-door bodyshell died along­side the Dis­cov­ery 1, which gave Land Rover Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles a prob­lem in con­tin­u­ing with its pop­u­lar Com­mer­cial con­ver­sion.

Be­cause it was classed as a van, it was Vat-free, and there were strict reg­u­la­tions in both the UK and Ir­ish mar­kets to pre­vent them be­ing eas­ily con­verted back into nor­mal pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter some ne­go­ti­a­tion with the tax au­thor­i­ties, a so­lu­tion was even­tu­ally reached by fit­ting opaque, fixed glass in the rear side win­dows and doors, cou­pled with bonded glass in the quar­ter pan­els and alpine lights. The in­te­rior fea­tured a solid full-height par­ti­tion with mesh grille be­hind the driver and front pas­sen­ger seats. All other rear trim was re­moved and a ro­bust rub­ber mat cov­ered the floor. A lift-up area at the front could be ac­cessed via the rear doors. Side pan­niers from the five-seater were also pro­vided.

The ar­range­ment gave a large cargo area that could be ac­cessed from the rear side and back doors – a prac­ti­cal, user-friendly con­fig­u­ra­tion. although the numbers con­verted by Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles were rel­a­tively small be­cause the cost of the con­ver­sion made the tax sav­ing seem a lot less at­trac­tive.

‘Strict reg­u­la­tions pre­vented the Com­mer­cial be­ing con­verted back into a nor­mal pas­sen­ger car’

The ex­tra length of the Dis­cov­ery 2 gave it use­ful car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity when the rear seats were re­moved. The cost of the Com­mer­cial con­ver­sion con­strained sales, though.

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