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Land Rover advertisements 1948 - 1949

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  The was the first major Land Rover advertisement and appeared in Autocar magazine in the last week of April to coincide with the vehicle's launch at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

 

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     Small ads began appearing in many local newspapers across Britain from the end of April onwards. Most featured a simple line drawing of a Land Rover in action along with the words "GO anywhere ~ DO anything".

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     Here is a more illustrative advert which began appearing in local newspapers showing the range of tasks the new Land Rover could do.

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     This local newspaper advert emphasises the Land Rover's immense pulling power and uses the words 101 industrial uses for the first time.

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     Here is another example of an advert which uses simple line drawings to show the potential of the Land Rover to undertake multiple tasks on the farm. The words: "Britain's most versatile vehicle" appeared on many of the early adverts. As with many of these ads, the text was supplied by Head Office and stated the vehicles were available either right or left hand drive.

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     Here, the local Rover dealer uses the minimalist approach to try and sell the vehicle; an extremely simple line drawing and the most basic text.

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     The first use of photography in Land Rover advertising and one of the first ads not aimed specifically at farmers. In this very staged picture, the Land Rover is shown as the ideal vehicle to pull a horse box on a typical country estate.

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     The "upmarket" Land Rover station wagon was launched only a few months after the basic model and was also heavily promoted in the press. The ads usually emphasised it could carry seven passengers and had plenty of luggage space.

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     Grenville Motors were one of the first dealers to sell Land Rovers in Australia and this is one of their early advertisements, displayed only a few months after the vehicle was launched in Britain

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     An example of the Land Rover being advertised with its more elegant and better known sister as part of a general Rover press campaign. It didn't take long though before the Land Rover was outselling the Rover car by more than two to one.

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This local dealer advert shows the new price for the basic Land Rover. When it was launched, the basic price was £450, but within months this had been increased to £540, although it did now include more features

------------ 1949

 

 

     As the initial Land Rovers were only 80 inches long, the Rover company quickly began offering the sturdy Brockhouse trailer as an optional extra to provide more carrying capacity and from 1949 they produced dedicated adverts to show it in use.

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This is the first example of a magazine advert featuring a photograph of a Land Rover at work on a farm, and it is also one of the very earliest adverts which uses colour to draw the reader in

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     Another farming advert with a striking image, but with the same key phrase at the bottom of the ad as previously: "Wherever there's work to be done -you''ll find the Land Rover".

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     Another ad with a clear illustration of how the Land Rover can be so useful on a farm.

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     Many of the early farming adverts used the same text, but with different images to show the Land Rover in action in many different ways.

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     While the Rover company were paying for adverts in the national farming press, this is an example of an advert from a dealer placing an advert in its local newspaper.

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     The smaller adverts by local dealers were usually much simpler than the full-page ones produced by the Rover company. This is one  which shows the triple bucket seat arrangement.

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     This local dealer's ad emphasises the virtue of the vehicle being produced by the long established Rover company, as opposed to any unique qualities of the Land Rover itself.

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     Despite its high price and disappointing sales, Rover continued to produce and advertise the more upmarket station wagon model throughout 1949. Most of the ads showed the vehicle being used as a station shuttle bus.

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     An advert from a main dealer in Darwin, one of Australia's most northerly, hottest and remote towns and where a Land Rover would have been especially useful out of town, as proper roads were few and far between.

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     This early advert from the Regent Motors Land Rover dealer in Melbourne, Australia, showed a "happy" Australian farmer and clear illustrations of the new Land Rover in action.

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     Regent Motors continued using their happy farmer image in other adverts, but just showing a profile of a single Land Rover.

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     This advert included a photograph of a special promotional Land Rover with the words "The British Land Rover". The vehicle was used for publicity purposes throughout the area.

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     Another advertisement from Australia, this one from one of the main dealers in Queensland. It also extensively uses the line drawings which were popular in early UK adverts

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     This advert also from Annand and Thompson in Brisbane, Australia, showed the price in £, when Australia was still using the same currency as the UK