Can anybody tell me about a TWO-wheel drive model ex-army Landrover, please.
I got a lift in 1969 from the UK as far as Istanbul with the owner, Margaret Ramsden, an archaeologist and a lecturer at Manchester University who usually drove by herself every summer to a dig in Iran (Persia.) Quite a lady, obviously. Anyway, she said it had been specially modified by the (British) army in the interests of better fuel efficiency. Can't really imagine the army bothering, myself. As it turned out, it still only managed 17 mpg, we cruised at about 55mph where possible, loaded to the gunnls. It was very low geared (well, a low axle ratio, I suppose), and screamed all the way, flat out, or so it seemed. It had the fuel tank (petrol) under the passenger seat. The back was canvas, but after having stuff pinched on one of her trips she had had a cage built over the back. It was a short wheel base model. The ventilation flaps under the windscreen were very much appreciated the further east we got. If I remember correctly, we could roll the cab roof back, too as that was canvas as well. (Aircon? 1969??!) A useful bit of tackle.