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Original Land Rover Series 1: The Restorer's Guide to Civil & Military Models 1948-58 Hardcover – 25 Jun 2009


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906133158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906133153
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.8 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Taylor is a well-known writer in various automotive fields, and Land-Rovers are a special interest. He has been the editor of Land Rover Enthusiast magazine since its inception. Highly respected for the meticulous research he brings to his work, he has written over 40 books, including other titles in the Original series on Rolls-Royce & Bentley and Triumph Stag. Some of his books have appeared in foreign languages, and his own linguistic ability has seen him translate other books from German and French. He lives in rural Oxfordshire, England.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris G on 3 July 2009
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Long out of print and almost as expensive secondhand as a Series One, its a pleasure to be able to get hold of this legendary volume. If your one of the hardy few to have a Series One then you wont need any encouragement from me to buy this.
James Taylor examines all the versions from 80" to 109" and provides the authorative guide to everything from petrol tank colour to steering box materials so if you have an interest in autheticity or simply Land Rover heritage then this is a must buy. Dont expect lists of part numbers and production runs, the information is presented as a very readable description format and is well illustrated. There are also sections on special equipment and the Brockhouse Trailer.
On the downside you may find out that your 'original' Series One isnt quite as original as you thought - mine is clearly a mongrel!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Medlicott on 23 Jan 2010
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This book is one of if not very probably the definitive book on Series one Land-Rovers.
Extensive detail on year on year model changes, as well as fabulous photography means it is a good coffee table book for any classic car enthusiast and not just Landy fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger an old romantic on 28 Jan 2011
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This is an attractively produced hardback volume, with a glossy photo dust jacket, and glossy pages, illustrated with good quality colour photographs. The size, at approximately A4, makes it a very attractive coffee table browser.

Beginning with the post war car market, with its stagnant demand and shortage of available steel, the book traces Rover's search for a stop-gap product to keep the factory working for a few years, until domestic car demand increased, and steel shortages became less of a problem. Taking as its inspiration the surplus World War 11 jeep owned by Rover's technical director, Rover's first attempt at a 4X4 utility was a short wheel base vehicle with limited load carrying capacity, strong steel chassis, and a durable, non-rusting aluminium body with positively spartan fittings. The 1600cc, four cylinder, in line petrol engine was borrowed from the pre war Rover saloon cars, and the aluminium body utilised war surplus material consequent on reduced aircraft production. Even the original, pale green paint used for the first models, was said to be war surplus. Compared with the US Jeep, with it's 2.2 litre, flat four engine, the Land Rover was relatively sluggish in acceleration and top speed. However, it soon gained the appreciation of the British military, who managed to cram a four litre Rolls Royce power plant within the engine compartment. An early 80" example of this military version is pictured and described within the text, as are two other (88") military Land Rovers. The book includes pre-production models, and moves progressively through estate versions, longer wheelbase models, increased engine sizes and designs, diesel engined versions, fire engine conversions, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. J. Allison on 3 May 2010
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Good inforative referance book well written and well illustrated ideal if you are looking to buy a series one land rover as there was quite a few changes in the 10 years of production
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammykins 2012 on 21 Jun 2013
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If you are interested in or are restoring a Series 1 Landrover this book is for you. Gives lots of details and background on the vehicles too!
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