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