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Keeping Tradition

Production started in 1948 with the Series 1 up until 09:30 on the 29th January 2016. This ended 67 years of production for Land Rover. Over the years Land Rover have released a huge range of vehicles; Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 through to the Defender.

This was not to be the end of the most iconic vehicles ever made. As practical as it was impractical that had conquered the world and our hearts and in doing so ignited a passion among enthusiasts wishing to preserve the sheer brilliance and vision of the Wilks brothers.

Together we will continue the history and remain true to the Land Rover heritage.
Start your historic journey with AB 4x4.

AB 4x4s Cleveland is an independent Land Rover specialist that deals with tax-exempt, galvanised chassis Series Land Rovers. In addition to the sales, AB 4x4s Cleveland Ltd is able to repair and service any vehicle. We specialise in restoring original Land Rovers

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Over the course of 35+ years of ownership most vehicles will have changed colour once or more than once as owners changed, adapted and most likely convert to galvanised parts to beat off the infamous rust.

Military, commercial and special specification vehicles leaving the factory could be covered in any paint scheme but civilian Land Rovers in the years, 1959 to 1968, covering the series II, IIA and III had official paint schemes.

From our research across multiple Land Rover publications we have compiled a list of colours and years

  • Pastel Green 1959 – 1984
  • Bronze Green 1959 – 1988
  • Deep Olive Green 1970 – 1971
  • Lincoln green 1970 – 1984
  • Java Green – Stage I only
  • Marine Blue 1958 – 1987
  • Tuscan blue 1972 – 1987
  • Pageant Blue Stage I only
  • Limestone 1959 – 1984
  • Poppy Red – 1959 – 1968
  • Masai Red 1970 – 1985, Stage I & County models only
  • Russet Brown – SIII County model only
  • Sand 1959 – 1984
  • Bahama Gold – 1971 – 1989
  • Inca Yellow Stage I only
  • Mid grey 1959 – 1984
  • Dark grey (burnt gray) 1959 – 1968
  • Sandglow “Camel trophy Yellow”

Some colors require white primer, others grey.

  • Alpine White RTC6870A
  • White Primer RTC4055A
  • Grey Primer RTC4056A

If you are considering a restoration this list may be helpful in your decision making but we can assist with converting and painting your Land Rover to any colour specification you can imagine. Check out our Bespoke and Land Rovers for sale pages for some ideas.

Why are we researching the colours?

Well apart from general knowledge and to allow us to undertake accurate restorations when needed we are also going to start offering a unique service. Our plan is when you purchase your galvanised doors from us we will be able to offer you a spray and deliver service. For now we are planning to get this live on the website but if you want to make use of this service now please get in touch with Anthony for more details and prices.

We are happy to help..

We are more than happy to talk about anything Land Rover related. If you would like advice or are considering a project one of our expert team will be delighted to answer any questions.

The foundation of the Land Rover is ultimately customisable to support a variety of body styles. So, what we have noticed over the last few months is a concept image appearing of what is unmistakable a Land Rover Defender base.

If you have ever wondered what a Land Rover Van would look like, well a specialist conversion company in German has produced some concepts which of late have been going viral on Twitter and Instagram.

The shaping and styling are unmistakably based on the Defender creating a uniquely cool vehicle. Much more modern than the traditional camper van conversions using military control vehicles.

At AB4x4s Cleveland we specialise in restoring and converting Series vehicles. You can view our bespoke customer builds from here.

So this got us thinking about the different models there have been over the years. So, like all good projects we started with a list

  • Land Rover Defender
  • Land Rover Series
  • Land Rover 101 Forward Control
  • Land Rover Wolf
  • Shorland armoured car
  • Defender Ice Edition 2010

Having looked around the web we came back to the makers of the vehicles, Land Rover themselves and found a brilliant history from series one to the present day

https://www.landrover.co.uk/explore-land-rover/one-life/design/series-one-defender-history.html

With an influx of new utility 4×4’s entering the market or very close too Tata owned Jaguar Land Rover made a bid to protect their original Defender design.

This is the latest in a long history of legal cases Jaguar Land Rover have brought on companies building similar or adding styling too the Iconic Defender.

There is no doubting the outline of the vehicle as instantly recognisable to us that love, live and work on them. But the recent case against Ineos for their Grenadier sets a bit of a land mark ruling. In the case the judge dismissed Jaguar Land Rovers attempts to trademark the iconic shape ruling that it was not distinctive enough.

Land Rover Defender 110
Ineos Grenadier

There is no denying the striking similarities in the shape from any angle. Even down to the alpine windows. The distinctive front grille and headlights settings all feel familiar. A tactic in part to woo the Land Rover Defender loyal customers to their brand.

It’s not the first time Land Rover have got a little hot under the collar. The nearest example I can recall was only put to bed in April 2019 and had been a long running saga in which Jaguar Land Rovers design boss Gerry McGovern had been famously flamboyant about putting after market companies who styled the Defender “out of business” via Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations. He is reported as having said

“It’s easy to take a product that’s already been created and put a little spoiler on it or whatever, but I’d like to see them design their own car. We see them taking our property and make a bit more profit,” Gerry McGovern

This case followed into a name dispute with Twisted in North Yorkshire. A company famous for styling defenders. In this instance Jaguar Land Rover took issue with the companies use of the LR Motors name claiming it was too close to their own JLR. This case was put to bed in April last year after it was shown the Jaguar Land Rover have never actually used the JLR initials as a brand.

The future

Whatever your background you have to feel some pity for Land Rover. They created an iconic and amazing vehicle that has a cult following many other would be jealous off. However, they stopped production in 2016 with too many regulations impacting the new car market and set about developing a new Defender.

The new Defender launched early in 2020 and received a bit of a mixed reception. Whilst there are nods to the Defender with the Puma style bonnet that is really about as far as it goes. The new Defender is more alike in stature and shape to the Freelander or new Discovery series vehicles leaving the door wide open for the competition to slide with something more like a Defender.

The rulings all point to one thing. There is going to be plenty of competition scrambling to produce something that appeals to lovers of Defenders.

Bespoke in the future

It will be interesting to see if any of the young pretenders entering the market from the Ineos to the Toyota Hilux over the next 40+ years manage to build a cult following and manage to create a host of specialist businesses dedicated to customising and rebuilding their vehicles.

Bespoke Now

For now we at AB 4×4’s we are dedicated to restoring bespoke Series and Defender vehicles. We carry a wide range of galvanised parts for all types of Land Rover vehicles.

We have a large number of vehicles for sale. Whether you are wanting to being your own build journey or have something to drive away please take a look at our stock or get in touch with Anthony.

Practical

It has been described as the classless car. From royalty to farmers these vehicles have their place. From hard wearing interiors to plush comfortable finishes the choice is yours.

Whether you are carrying dogs in a 110 or towing horses or plant equipment. These rugged vehicles perform the task effortlessly and with an array of body styles to suit all applications there will be something to suit everyone.

There’s few civilian vehicles you can still purchase in the following body options:

  • Chassis cab
  • Truck cab
  • Double cab
  • Hi cap
  • Hard-top
  • Soft-top
  • County spec
  • Utlity wagon
  • XS plush options of above
  • 3 different wheelbase lengths

Off-road Capabilities

The go-anywhere vehicle of choice for farmers, fire service and mountain rescue services. These rugged vehicles have a reputation for succeeding in environments other lesser vehicles fail.

If you need to get a job done then look no further.

Easy Maintenance

Land Rover designed a vehicle that could be repaired on the move. Whether a farmer in a field or an adventurer in the Sahara. These vehicles are simply put together requiring minimal tools to be able to achieve a lot. Lets face it, if you own a 19mm, 17mm and 13mm plus a few screwdrivers you are well on your way to being able to dismantle a Land Rover.

Adventure

Adventurers like Ben Fogle love the Classic Land Rover and have owned them personally and used them to get to many report parts of the world.

The beauty and appeal of these vehicles is their modular build that can have numerous add-ons and jerry cans bolt on through to the insane load carrying capability with or without a full length roof rack installed.

Whether or not you want to travel from London to Cape Town or simply carry all the canoes, bikes and camping gear of a trip these vehicles deliver with ease.

Depreciation

What depreciation! Buy the right Land Rover and you will find that you have a modern classic that is appreciating in value.

Demand for these iconic vehicles is high and since production stopped there have been attempts with the likes of the new Defender and the Grenadier to recreate the magic of the Wilks brothers. Its is very hard to capture spirit as is being proven.

Community

Anyone behind the wheel of a Land Rover Classic or Defender will find nods and waves a standard passing greeting. Get into difficult and you will find other owners more than happy to help.

Want advice on customising your prized procession and you will find lots of owners with opinions only too happy to have a chat.

Restoration and Conversion

If you have a project in mind or are looking to restore a Classic Land Rover or build an Iconic Defender get in touch with the experts at AB 4x4s Cleveland. We love nothing more than to chat with fellow enthusiasts.

We have a number of vehicles for sale or awaiting conversion. If you are undertaking your own project we have all the parts you require in stock. If you cannot find what you are looking for get in touch.

We are happy to help..

We are more than happy to talk about anything Land Rover related. If you would like advice or are considering a project one of our expert team will be delighted to answer any questions.

The new Peter Rabbit film, which features the voice talents of James Corden and Margot Robbie, entered cinemas in the UK on Friday 16th March, 2018.
 
Don’t worry, we haven’t decided to take up the art of film reviewing! Instead, we will be sticking to what we know, and taking a look at the (almost) 50-year old Land Rover that was used by the villain of the film, Mr McGregor.


 
Mr McGregor, the villainous farmer who is portrayed by Irish actor Domhall Gleeson, can be seen driving the pastel green Land Rover Series 2a into a warehouse while Peter and the other rabbits cling onto the bottom of the iconic 4×4. It also features in a number of other scenes throughout the film. 

This particular Series 2a was manufactured in 1969 and features a 2250cc petrol engine, which has been said to be in ‘excellent’ condition. It also boasts a refurbished tan interior and bodywork that is in near mint condition. It was supplied for the film by Action 99 Cars, who also fitted it with a false registration plate.

The Land Rover has now been sold at the ‘Duxford Motor Car Auction’, which was hosted at the Imperial War Museum on the 21st March. The sale was held by collectors’ motorcar and motorcycle specialists, H&H Classics, and the Series 2a eventually fetched a price of £11,362.50.
 
A spokesperson for the auctioneers, H&H Classics, had this to say about the restored Land Rover Series 2a:
 
“This lovely-looking 88-inch Series 2a is something of a movie star, being one of two used in the 3D live-action animated comedy film Peter Rabbit based around the famous characters created by Beatrix Potter.“
 
“With values of Series 1 Land Rovers reaching giddying heights, it cannot be long before the Series 2s follow and such a fine example with the added bonus of movie stardom is a very attractive proposition.”
 
If you are interested in acquiring an original, restored Land Rover of your own, make sure you check out the wide range available through our website!

We are happy to help..

We are more than happy to talk about anything Land Rover related. If you would like advice or are considering a project one of our expert team will be delighted to answer any questions.

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We are more than happy to talk about anything Land Rover related. If you would like advice or are considering a project one of our expert team will be delighted to answer any questions.