1948 Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces by Minichamps

1948 Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces by Minichamps

1948 Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces by Minichamps

Minichamps Collection Grey Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Diecast metal with some plastic parts Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces Official Licensed Product. The Land Rover Series I, II, and III (commonly referred to as series Land Rovers, to distinguish them from later models) are off-road vehicles produced by the British manufacturer Land Rover that were inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep. Series models feature leaf-sprung suspension with selectable two or four-wheel drive (4WD); though the Stage 1 V8 version of the Series III featured permanent 4WD. All three models could be started with a front hand crank and had the option of a rear power takeoff for accessories.
Land Rover entered production in 1948 with what was later termed the Series I. This was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It was originally designed for farm and light industrial use, and had a steel box-section chassis, and an aluminum body.
Originally the Land Rover was a single model offering, which from 1948 until 1951 used an 80-inch (2,000 mm) wheelbase and a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing around 50 bhp (37 kW; 51 PS). The four-speed gearbox from the Rover P3 was used, with a new two-speed transfer box. This incorporated an unusual four-wheel-drive system, with a freewheel unit (as used on several Rover cars of the time). This disengaged the front axle from the manual transmission on the overrun, allowing a form of permanent 4WD. A ring-pull mechanism in the driver’s footwell allowed the freewheel to be locked to provide more traditional 4WD. This was a basic vehicle: tops for the doors and a roof (canvas or metal) were optional extras.

1948 Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces by Minichamps

1948 Land Rover Diecast Car 1:18 Limited-edition 1 of 504 Pieces by Minichamps

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