The Land Rover in all its guises (pick-up, breakdown, RAC, RAF, Chipperfield’s Circus) with total sales of over 10 million, far outsold every other Corgi model even the James Bond Aston Martin.
Land Rover is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep) launched in 1948 by Rover. The Land Rover had been designed to be cheap and easy to produce and to suit hard work in tough terrain. It was thus a very simple, basic vehicle with a minimum of concessions to comfort- on early vehicles. In 2008 Land Rover and Jaguar were sold to Tata Motors of India by Ford.
Corgi Land Rover “Royal Mail”, Fire Service Land Rover (Kinsmart) and Range Rover Sport (Matchbox).
The Range Rover was created for those who wanted the Land Rover‘s off road capabilities with a more civilised comfortable ride. Today, the Range Rover is a prestige car seen outside luxury hotels all over the world, far from its crude rustic origins.
I was particularly happy to find the “Royal Mail” Land Rover at Drybridge Market in Tbilisi, as I used to work for Royal Mail.