When Was Land Rover Founded?

February 22nd, 2019 by

blueprint of old land rover model

While the first Land Rover design appeared in 1947, it has its roots in Rover Company which was founded as a bicycle producer in 1885 in Warwickshire, England. Explore the Land Rover origin story at Land Rover Monmouth, and find out how they grew into the multi-national luxury off-road-ready brand they are known as today. Contact us near Colts Neck with any questions!

How Did the Land Rover Model Series Start?

  • Design: 1947 – While on the family farm in Wales, engineer/Rover Company Chairman Maurice Wilks and his brother Spencer Wilks create the design for the Land Rover model series, based on a Jeep axle and chassis.
  • Release: April 30th, 1948 – At the Amsterdam Motor Show, the first Land Rover model is released.
  • Post-War Challenges: At first, the only available Land Rover colors were various army green-ish hues due to the surplus of military auto paint after World War II.

How Did the Land Rover Company Develop?

  • 1967 – Rover Company changes its name to Rover Triumph under the ownership of Leyland Motors.
  • 1970 – The flagship Range Rover model is officially released.
  • 1976 – After almost 30 years, the one millionth Land Rover is produced.
  • 1978 – Rover Triumph becomes Land Rover Limited under British Leyland Motors.
  • 1987 – The Range Rover comes to the United States.
  • 1989 – Land Rover releases the rugged Land Rover Discovery.
  • 2000 – Land Rover Limited is sold to Ford Motors.
  • 2005 – The Range Rover Sport is first introduced to consumers.
  • 2007 – Land Rover makes its four millionth vehicle, 60 years after the first Land Rover model is designed.
  • 2008 – The Indian automotive manufacturer Tata Motors purchases both Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford, creating Jaguar Land Rover Limited.
  • 2011 – Land Rover introduces the compact Range Rover Evoque.
  • 2015 – The Land Rover Discovery Sport is released.
  • 2017 – The newest Land Rover model, the Range Rover Velar comes onto the scene in London.
  • 2018 – Land Rover looks to the future, with the announcement of Project Cortex, whose goal is to “create self-propelled cars-robots that are able to independently navigate off-road in all weather conditions.”

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Find out what Land Rover Monmouth has to offer today, like guides to the best off-roading gear and how to care for your leather seats. Visit us near Red Bank to explore the new Land Rover models for sale.

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