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1956 Land-Rover 88'' Series I

1956 Land-Rover 88'' Series I in The Protectors, TV Series, 1972-1973 IMDB Ep. 1.22

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: UK

1956 Land-Rover 88'' Series I

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2006-06-26 08:31

I guess it's another early 80" series.1 ?
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jplemoine FR

2006-06-26 09:16

Ressemble fort à un vrai Land-Rover des premières séries: pas de bas de caisse, grille recouvrant entièrement la calandre... Une rareté! 1951 en France pour les premiers exemplaires... mais quelle année en Angleterre?

Alexander DE

2006-06-26 11:35

Very nice! :)

You both are right, it is a Series I. This is the second type of grille which appeared in May 1950 and was replaced by the well known inverted T in 1952. It already has the larger oval Land-Rover badge, 7-3/16 inches wide. This, too, appeared in 1950. This would make it an 80" (1950/51).

BUT ... this one is trying to cheat us!

It actually is a late 88" Series I (1956/57)!

The grille must have been exchanged fromn an older model.

Details, why it is an 88":
The door handles appeared with the 86".
There are only eight of the so called 'shark's teeth' on the top window frame (they hold the canvas soft-top hood). The 80" models had nine.
Over the back the hood has three support frames, again introduced with the 86". The 80" had a shorter load bed and only two support frames.
The wheel-base it too long for an 80". Especially the bit of bodywork behind the doors before the wheel-arch begins shows this.
The front axle is moved forward and the front spring hangers are well visible. This identifies it as an 88".
Also the door hinges are of the reenforced style as introduced with the 88".

It is not unusual that parts from other vehicles are fitted, as quite a lot is interchangeable. At the time of filming this Land-Rover was more than 15 years old, and that are working years, most likely on a farm. Again not unusual.

There is a nice saying:
"Where do old Land-Rovers go?"
"To work!"


stronghold EN

2006-06-26 11:43

Great details ..Alexander.! ;)

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