When Was Land Rover Founded?

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“When was Land Rover founded?”, you ask. Beginning in 1948, Land Rover was originally the name of a popular model series produced by the Rover Company, a bicycle manufacturer out of Warwickshire, England that dated back 1885. Read on to learn more about Land Rover history with Land Rover Tampa, and then test drive a Land Rover model around Wesley Chapel to experience that spirit of Land Rover Florida drivers have been enchanted for generations.

Land Rover Model Series Origins

The designs for the Land Rover model series were conceived in 1947 by Rover Company chairman, Maurice Wilks. Wilks and his brother Spencer tinkered with the model concept on his farm in Wales. The design that emerged from their backyard featured:

  • An axle and chassis lifted from Jeep.
  • An Army Green paint job, in part due to the surplus of military auto paint after WW2.

The model was officially unveiled and released at the Amsterdam Motor Show on April 30, 1948.

Land Rover History Timeline

  • 1967: The Rover Company joins with Leyland Motors and is renamed Rover Triumph.
  • 1970: The iconic Range Rover model makes its debut.
  • 1976: Land Rover releases its one-millionth model.
  • 1978: Land Rover Limited becomes its own company under British Leyland Motors, 30 years after the creation of the first Land Rover model.
  • 1987: Land Rover Limited begins exporting the Range Rover to the United States.
  • 1989: The Land Rover Discovery is released.
  • 1994: BMW acquires the Rover group.
  • 2000: BMW breaks the Rover Group up and sells Land Rover to Ford.
  • 2005: The Range Rover Sport comes on to the scene.
  • 2007: Land Rover reaches its 4 millionth model produced.
  • 2008: Tata Motors based in Mumbai, India purchases Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford, and creates a new Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary.
  • 2011: The Range Rover Evoque debuts.
  • 2014: The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes onto the market in September.
  • 2017: The Range Rover Velar is unveiled in London.
  • 2018: Land Rover announces Cortex, a project aimed at “creating self-propelled cars-robots that are able to independently navigate off-road in all weather conditions.”
  • 2019: The Land Rover Defender is reissued for 2020.

Explore the Land Rover Brand at Land Rover Tampa

Now that you know the answer to the question, “When was Land Rover founded?”, schedule a test drive near Brandon, and see what this brand’s legacy has to offer, from the innovative InControl® technology to incredible off-roading capability. Be sure to explore the latest Land Rover models for sale near Clearwater in Tampa.

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