Land Rover Series 3 was a significant change in the production of cars by Rover and it was all thanks to the demand in the immediate post-war period.
It makes these cars even more interesting knowing the history of where the ideas derived for this later Land Rover 3 model.
The Rover Company conceived the Land Rover Series 3 in 1947 during the aftermath of World War II as mentioned above.
The Land Rover Series 3 was a masterful facelift overseen by Range Rover Designer David Bache – giving the car a fresh look.
In fact, the inspiration for the design of these cars came from U.S built Willys Jeep, which explains its box shape and military appearance.
The new design had emphasis on agricultural and utility use.
The first prototype had a distinctive feature – the steering wheel, which was, mounted smack bam in the middle of the vehicle.
It was known as the “centre steer”, built on a Jeep chassis with the gearbox of a Rover P3 saloon.
As well as the aluminium alloy bodywork other examples include the distinctive flat body panels with only simple constant-radius curves and the sturdy box-section ladder chassis made up of four strips of steel welded at each side to for a box.
Designed with only an expected three years of production the Land Rover series 3 was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover.
You can purchase your very own Land Rover series 3 for an average price $34 thousand.