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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Range & Land Rovers

Posted on 12th October 2016


The Range Rover is an iconic British vehicle, known for its resilience when it comes to off road driving. They are synonymous with wealth and affluence, and there’s more to the Range Rover than meets the eye. With a rich and lengthy history within the UK, there are many facts and myths about our favourite 4X4. Here are our favourite facts;

1. The first Land Rover had a steering wheel in the middle

The first official Land Rover took inspiration from post WWII Jeeps. The designer worked on a farm in Wales, and to emulate the experience of driving a tractor he placed the steering wheel in the middle of the dashboard. This also meant that time was saved as the left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive markets didn’t need to be catered for.

2. Land Rovers are 30 years older than the company 

The Land Rover is the second oldest four wheel drive in automotive history (after the Jeep). These vehicles have been built since 1948, but the Land Rover as a brand wasn’t founded until 1978.

3. There are more than 7,000 parts in the Land Rover Defender

Formerly known as the Land Rover Ninety and the Land Rover One Ten, the Land Rover Defender’s classic styling and robust utility is compromised of more than 7,000 parts.

4. Winston Churchill had his own bespoke Range Rover

Winston Churchill received a Range Rover with an extra wide passenger seat and heated footwells. The Range Rover was auctioned off for £129,000 in 2012.

5. The Queen owns a Land Rover

The Land Rover is a car that appeals to everyone, and a lot of famous people own one. These include The Queen, Eric Clapton, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray.

At Coutts we specialise in 4X4 Rover car hires. If you have any queries about the cars, or would like a quote do not hesitate to get in touch!