When Was Land Rover Founded?

November 1st, 2018 by

Old Land Rover Model

In 1948 Land Rover made its first appearance, however, it began as the name of a model series under the Rover Company. The Rover Company was founded in Warwickshire, England in 1885 and was originally a bicycle manufacturer. You can find out more about Land Rover history and origins below, if you have any more questions you can contact Land Rover Paramus near Saddle River for all of your additional Land Rover needs!

Land Rover Model Series Origins

Chairman Maurice Wilks created the original Land Rover design in 1947 while an engineer at the Rover Company. Wilks worked on the model on his farm in Wales, along with his brother Spencer. Here are some things that you may not know about the original Land Rover model:

  • The prototype Land Rover was built on a Jeep axle and chassis.
  • Early Land Rover colors were limited–models were only available in variations of army green due to military surplus of auto paint after World War II.
  • The Land Rover model was officially released at the Amsterdam Motor Show on April 30, 1948.

Land Rover Company Timeline

  • 1967: Rover Company becomes Rover Triumph, as part of Leyland Motors (later British Leyland Motors).
  • 1970: The Range Rover model is introduced.
  • 1976: The one millionth Land Rover is produced.
  • 1978: Land Rover Limited becomes its own company under British Leyland Motors, 30 years after the creation of the first Land Rover model.
  • 1987: The Range Rover is first released in the United States.
  • 1989: the Land Rover Discovery is introduced.
  • 1994: The Rover Group is acquired by BMW.
  • 2000: The Rover Group is broken up by BMW and Land Rover is sold to Ford
  • 2005: The Range Rover Sport comes on to the scene.
  • 2007: The four millionth Land Rover is 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 is first released.
  • 2017: The Range Rover Velar is introduced in London.
  • 2018: Land Rover announces the project Cortex which aims to “create self-propelled cars-robots that are able to independently navigate off-road in all weather conditions.”

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