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The Rover Co., Ltd., Solihull, Birmingham.
ADDED interest is lent to. the nine Land-Rovers shown by the numerous items of special equipment which they carry. The 88-in.-wheelbasn chassis with a 2.286-litre petrol engine developing 77 b.h.p. is the basis of three exhibits. These are a pick-up truck carrying a Howie hydraulically controlled angledozer blade, a seven-seat station wagon with a Pyc C12 high-frequency communications set with a maximum range of 500 miles, and a fire tender. The fire-tender chassis has strengthened front and rear springs and 7.00-16-in. tyres. Behind the truck cab is a two-stage pump, driven from a central power take-off, and a 40-gal. water tank.
Arc-welding equipment is fitted to the other 88-in.-wheelbase LandRover on view. This vehicle has the Rover 2.052-litre oil engine, which produces 51 b.h.p. at 3,500 r.p.m. and drives through the normal eight-speed transmission. This engine is employed for three of the 109-in.-wheelbase vehicles displayed, which can carry a payload of 2,000 lb. on the road or L800 lb. across country.
One of them is a pick-up with a truck cab, a three-quarterlength canvas hood and a hydraulic winch capable of exerting
4,000-1b. pull. Another carries mobile workshop bodywork. whilst the third oil-engined long-wheelbase chassis has a truck cab and a Simon hydraulic lifting platform.
Two more 109-in.-wheelbase chassis have petrol engines. One is equipped to carry a stretcher, whilst the other is a 10-seat station wagon. Two transverse three-man bench seats and four inward-facing seats at the rear are provided in the station wagon.