FAL164 Land Rovers FDC
The original Land Rover concept was conceived by The Rover Company of Great Britain, shortly after the second World War as a 'stop-gap' production vehicle for use by farmers and others requiring a light utility 4x4 vehicle. They entered production in 1948.
The first two vehicles to come to the Falklands arrived in the same year, one of these being supplied to Chartres Farm on West Falkland. These were small and relatively light vehicles, of robust construction and general reliability. Their numbers in the Islands grew fast over the ensuing years.
The early vehicles were 80-inch wheelbase, canvas top models, with petrol engines and most featured the optional power-take-off equipment that was available from the outset.
Meccano-like construction allowed great interchangeability of parts, as well as substitution when field-repairs required it. Later on, longer 107-inch models and diesel engines made appearances and by late 1958 the first Series 2 vehicles also became available in the Islands.
These various models of 88” and 109” became the mainstay vehicles throughout the Falklands; in use on almost every farm, in private ownership and also by many Government departments. Some later Series 2A's that came down were of specialist type, with non-standard modifications for their work, including two fire-tenders two Forward Controls, two large-wheeled Station Wagons and a Roadless Traction Forest Rover; (one of only nine ever built).
Series 3 vehicles arrived in the 1970's, with improved seating and better heaters; some of the early ones of these were the fleet that came for use on the construction of Cape Pembroke airfield.
By the end of 1982, the presence of British Forces saw even greater numbers of Series 3's in the Islands, before the newly developed coil-sprung One-Ten and Ninety models began to appear in 1984.
Further specialist vehicles arrived for use, including more fire tenders, ambulances, cherry pickers, a couple of 6x6 airfield appliances and even a hearse!
As production reached its end, several Heritage models and finally some UN-spec versions arrived, with imports now only made up of pre-owned purchases.
The FDC shows the first Rincon Grande farm Land Rover (1950 80") being taken across to Gibraltar Station, for an overhaul in the new workshop garage, in a horse scow behind the motor boat around 1956.
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