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More gems from James Tay­lor’s seem­ingly bot­tom­less mine of trea­sures

When the 2007 De­fend­ers were an­nounced with for­ward-fac­ing rear seats, it was a rev­e­la­tion. The util­ity Land Rover had al­ways had in­ward-fac­ing rear seats, although from 1998 the Dis­cov­ery 2 had for­ward-fac­ing seats in­stead of the in­ward-fac­ing type in the orig­i­nal model. These changes were brought about by leg­is­la­tion, but it wasn’t the law that prompted sup­plier John Crad­dock to in­tro­duce for­ward­fac­ing rear seats as an ac­ces­sory in the late 1980s. Most likely, it was cus­tomer de­mand: as Land Rovers were be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar for ev­ery­day and fam­ily use, so the rear-seat pas­sen­gers be­gan to ask for bet­ter trav­el­ling con­di­tions. And so they got them. This ad­vert (from a mid-1988 copy of LRO) shows how they worked, and that they cost from £41.50 per seat (plus VAT), depend­ing on the up­hol­stery spec­i­fied. I’m sure I’ve seen some of these in the past, but none lately. Do any read­ers re­mem­ber them, or still have them fit­ted?

John Crad­dock’s ad for add-ons

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