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I understand from a friend (Land Rover Fanatic) that you are looking for me concerning the two Discovery 6x6s that I built some years ago.
Firstly, I built the two 6x6 Discovery 1s because every time I travelled down the runway at Stansted Airport, I saw a six-wheeled Range Rover fire tender at the side of the runway, and thought to myself, ‘I can build one of them.’ Secondly, according to VOSA, these were the only two Discoverys in the UK to actually get through the stringent testing that VOSA subjected them to.
The 6x6 was achieved by putting another diff on the back of axle two, which meant that the new diff ran backwards, turning axle three upside down so that they all propelled forwards. Axle three also had old Series halfshafts fitted with selectable freewheeling hubs, so the six-wheel-drive could be disengaged when not needed, giving 6x4. I even created interior side panels and had the whole interior recovered in leather, to complete the job.
It was an awesome machine when these pics were taken, and was still immaculate when I sold it to a guy from Anglesey.
Unfortunately, Land Rover ‘nuts’ want everything for nothing and when it came to selling these Discovery 6x6s, they seemed to be worth not a lot, so I didn’t bother building any more of them. The photograph shows the blue one on Canvey Island in about 2011.
The green one is still about, owned by the guy I sold it to in Cheshire. It was for sale on ebay, a few weeks ago but did not sell.
ADRIAN GOLDIE Six-wheel-drive Land Rovers, Discos and Classics never seem to lose their appeal with ‘Land Rover nuts’. Mark Saville
One of two 6x6 Discoverys built by Adrian Goldie