1973 Land Rover 109

Our Land Rover 109, vintage 1973.

We’ve been asked why we bought it and are at a loss for an answer, except that we had one many years ago and were missing it. “Car and Driver” already in 1964 perhaps stated it best:

“A Land Rover is at once a delightful runabout and a rolling torture chamber. It combines the best and worst features of a truck with the insouciance of an MG-TC. It is a car that every man feels compelled to buy at one time or another, but hardly anybody has a use for. It is best suited to off-the-road cross-country adventure. Conversely it is not specifically useful for shopping trips, or general family-household use, but that’s what people do with it. This is one of several instances where perfectly reasonable people have seemed to take leave of their senses on first meeting the Land Rover. It is less of a car than a state of mind.”