There're 11 LAND ROVER car owner's & workshop service manuals PDF, electric wiring diagrams.
The first model was made in 1888, but it did not go into production.
The first production model was already built only in 1901 and it was called the Rover Eight.
In the 30s of the last century, thanks to wise management, the company began producing models, let's say, of the premium segment.
But then the WW2, after the end of which premium Rover models were not in demand, resources were severely limited.
And the Luftwaffe's factory in Coventry was almost razed to the ground at the beginning of the war.
And this is where our story begins with the talented engineer Maurice Wilkes.
This was the case. The company was run and managed by Spencer Wilkes, brother of Maurice Wilkes.
We needed such a temporary model that would allow Rover to simply survive the crisis, that is, it would be produced for two years and that's it.
Looking ahead, let's say that there is nothing more permanent than temporary.
The car, which was planned to be produced for two years, was produced in a modified form for 67 years.
It was all the fault of chance. Maurice Wilks broke down his American SUV Willys. The British thought and decided that they could do better.
Based on the American model, they installed a 48 hp engine, a modified gearbox from a Rover P3 sedan, a transfer case and a full-time full-time overrunning clutch system.
The frame was steel, but there was not enough metal on the body panel. Birmabright alloy was used.
From the category there would be no happiness, but misfortune helped.
This alloy of non-ferrous metals, aluminum and magnesium solved two key problems, namely to reduce the total weight of the car and ensure its durability. Birmabright, used in the production of combat aircraft, is absolutely not subject to corrosion.
According to statistics, about 70% of the Rover SUVs produced at that time are still on the move after so many years.
But there was one downside. Birmabright was difficult to handle. Therefore, the body panels were put on rivets. This signature feature has been retained on the modern Land Rover Defender.
Moreover, in those days, the model was painted green due to the fact that there were more reserves of such paint for aircraft since the war.
So in 1946, the first prototype appeared, called the Center Steer, with a steering wheel in the center and a power take-off shaft (it could be used as a tractor with various agricultural attachments).
The first pre-production car HUE166 was ready by 1948 and received the name Land-Rover, that's right, with a hyphen.
It was presented at an automobile exhibition in Amsterdam on April 30, 1948.
This moment should be considered the starting point when Land Rover was formed, or rather, it was a company for a very short time.
That is, it all started with the name of the Land-Rover Series I car model.
The success was overwhelming, a few years later this car was already sold in 68 countries around the world.