Once upon a time when someone said Land Rover, a hardcore, open-topped Jeep lookalike was what came to mind.
We've brought together the first example ever registered in New South Wales - and the 138th vehicle built by the iconic British brand - with a couple of newer Land Rovers, including what could be one of the first ever Defender models, and one of the last Defenders, the Heritage Edition.
Land Rover itself launched way back in 1948 in the shadows of world war two, and it’s clear that the inspiration was the army-spec Willys jeep.
The original Land Rover model, though, was designed first and foremost as an agricultural vehicle. History tells us that the Land Rover was only supposed to be built for a few years until parent company Rover had enough cash flow to sort out its luxury car offerings. But the popularity of the Land Rover was unprecedented, and here we are, nearly 70 years down the track, and it will soon be time to say goodbye to this icon.
That's because an all-new Defender will be on the scene in about 2018. So what better time to compare what could be the oldest surviving Land Rover in the country with a couple of newer ones.