1948 and all that The Land Rover was far from the only stand-out in a watershed year. Giles Chapman picks his highlights from around the globe.
David Lean’s 1952 film The Sound Barrier, and Neville Duke’s book Sound Barrier published the following year, created a romantic historical ideal surrounding the quest to go faster than the speed of sound.
Lost and found. Land Rover to restore previously lost 1948 show vehicle. Words Mark Dixon. An historically important preproduction Land Rover that was found rotting in a Midlands garden in 2015 is to be sympathetically restored by Jaguar Land Rover. It’s one of two vehicles that made the marque’s debut at the Amsterdam motor show in 1948.
Hot of the heels of Volkswagen’s announcement that it will kill off the Beetle name from next year, the oldest Beetle in Sweden has reached over £116,000 at auction. Bids had been closed as we went to press, meaning the sale should set a new world record if and when it’s confirmed.