Land Rover History

by Matthew Wood

Land Rover is one of the most familiar, recognisable and successful brands in the motoring industry but how exactly did it come to power? Nowadays, the company - based in Warwickshire - specialises in four-wheel-drive vehicles but the car's history can be drawn back to what is regarded the invention of the bicycle in the late 19th century.

Land Rover's progression to the modern day sees many specialist shops making good business on selling Land Rover parts that add to the vehicle's overall appeal. However, it's the 1860s where the name of Rover originated and where the first small steps were made to making the first Land Rover. John Kemp Starley, an English inventor and industrialist, set up a business manufacturing sewing machines in Coventry but it was creation of bicycles where he really made his name - and more significantly, Rover's.

In 1884, Starley introduced the very first tricycles and bicycles and named then under the umbrella of Rover. Incidentally, a name which is still used for the term "Bike" in Poland. Four years later, Starley created what is considered to be Coventry's "first car". However, the electric tricycle is never developed upon the prototype stage.

Side steps/Running boards Adding a side step or running board to your Land Rover can give you an extra footing to help enter your vehicle. In addition, the board will present you with extra grip that is extremely valuable in difficult weather conditions. Aesthetically, the running board can give your Land Rover a tough and smooth looking finish.

After suffering a dip in the early 1930s, Spencer Wilks becomes managing director of the company and appoints his brother, Maurice, as a designer. Wilks introduces systems to reduce the amount of time taken to manufacture vehicles, therefore increasing the company's productivity. In 1946, Maurice Wilks made the most significant step to creating the modern day Land Rover and subsequent Land Rover parts. Maurice had needed an alternative to his beaten-up war surplus Jeep that was smaller than a tractor but versatile and practical so that he could use it on his farm. A year later, the "all-purpose" Land Rover vehicle was created.

Air filters Installing an air filter to your Land Rover will help to keep the car's engine system clean and free of being contaminated. These can be specifically designed for each model of Land Rover.

After being acquired by BMW in 1994, the Rover group was eventually discontinued by Ford who made Land Rover a part of their Premier Automotive Group. In 2008 Ford sold Land Rover to Indian company Tata Motors.

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