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the 1949 AA Land Rover as seen at the Museum

1949 AA Land Rover

The iconic Land Rover was first introduced in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show and is one of the greatest success stories of the post-war British motor industry. The Rover Company witnessed the success of the Ferguson tractor, and decided to develop a vehicle that was along the lines of a jeep which could be used also for agricultural means. The outcome was the Land Rover – a classic off-road vehicle which would remain in production for many decades to come.

This Series 1 Land Rover had a box section steel chassis, and aluminum bodywork. This was due to the rationing of steel, and the abundance of aircraft aluminum. It was used as a motorway patrol vehicle by the Automobile Association (AA) in its early working life. It was then sold out of service in 1953, but was rediscovered in 1994, and restored for the AA historic collection, at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke.

Coventry Transport Museum acquired the vehicle on a set-term loan in 2005 after the separation of the previous collection.

This vehicle can be seen in the Museum's Small Commercial Gallery.
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