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They tend to be cold, wet and FUN! , A friend of mine have a 1954 short wheek with a Rover V8 in it I remember being at a set of traffic lights in acient battered off road vehicle, beating a brand new Ford Mondeo off the line (the look of shock in the drivers face almost made being wet & cold worth it, almost)
Driven many since the 70's. Continuous ownership for 24 years (1988 - 2012). (1982 109 model 4cyl 3dr van, 1989 model 110 County v8 5dr wagon). Now own a Landcruiser but have great nostalgia for the Landys.
The 109 was a real anywhere vehicle with leaf spring suspension - very tough. [^]
The 110 with coil springs all round, 5 speed Santana box and luxuries such as air-con was an amazing tourer and offroader though because of it's weight not quite as good as the 109. Fuel consumption was usually more than 20l/100km. Land Rover 110 County V8 mud hill - YouTube[^]
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
I drove a variant of the Defender, the long-wheelbase Safari, as part of a volunteer mountain rescue team. I was no good at climbing mountains but with my rally-cross experience and a Land Rover Safari I could get (and get back out of) places no normal vehicle could! It was brilliant - and saved quite a few lives.
[Correction] Actually it was a "Land Rover 109 Safari" before it became the "Defender" I think.
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