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Is this the greatest car of all?

Is this the greatest car of all?

By Gordon Lomas
July 30, 2003

IN ARGUABLY one of the most controversial motoring decisions in recent times, the Land Rover has been named the greatest car of all time by BBC TV's Top Gear program.

Land Rover Defender

Born in 1948 and known as the Land Rover Defender since 1990, the car landed the gong after viewers cast telephone votes from a short-list of nine vehicles offered by the program's panel of experts.

It is claimed that from the 2 million sold over 55 years, two-thirds of Land Rovers are still on the roads today worldwide.

Experts from Top Gear said the Land Rover had all the elements necessary for the award, including function, design, durability, engineering supremacy and soul.

Lovers of Jeeps will probably be up in arms over the award.

The original Land Rover was copied from the original Willys Jeep after World War II.

The current crop of Land Rovers – Range Rover, Discovery, Freelander and Defender – can trace their roots back to the original Land Rover.

Land Rover managing director Matthew Taylor said the brand was a motoring icon that had been noted as a workhorse around the world.

And there is still more to come, with an additional model for the Land Rover range plus an all-new Discovery wagon due in 2004.

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Thats all i can say, sorry!
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If I wanted a workhorse 4WD I would buy a Cruiser or one of the new turbodiesel Patrols.
Certainly not a Landrover, I had a mate who was a Landie freak, owned an old serIII LWB and used a litre of oil going between Harvey and Australind! The motor was brand new, he reckoned the old one was worse.
Fuel economy apparently isn't great either, or the gearboxes particularly in the older ones....
Nah I can't agree with that.

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Funny that, the Poms awarding the greatest car of all time, to a Pommy car.


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there have to be amillion contenders for this title...the mini not being the least. the VW Beetle also would have to be considered as they were all ground breaking.

i could be wrong, but didnt it take time for jeeps to become available to the public?

anyway, i think the answer to this question is simple....

the MK2 Escort.

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nahhh landies rock the coil sprung jobs realy do piss on the others off road. its just sad that land rover realy has droped the ball with qalaity control the older ones were fine real tough units i have a 50 year old landy in the shed when i brought it it had been sitting on the blokes lawn for 20 years got it home put petrol in it and a batery and fired it straight up and drove away :)
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Pitty they cost a arm and a leg.

If i wanted a 4wd, i dont think that would be my first choice. Thats for sure

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