Four-Wheel Drive and Land-Rover
Four-wheel drive was first tried on steam-powered agricultural machinerey; then it was adopted as a cure for sideslip in racing cars. Its wider application was shown from about 1910 in North America in vehicles able to traverse unsurfaced roads previously impassable in winter. Developments in the 1930s culminated in the American Jeep. Thousands of four-wheel drive vehicles were used in the Second World War and afterwards many found their way into agriculture, forestry and specialised transport. After the Land-Rover workhorse appeared in 1948 many smaller types followed. In North America there was a demand for versatile off-the road models while in Europe more comfortable models like the Range-Rover became popular.
- Paperback | 32 pages
- 154.4 x 209.8 x 4.3mm | 86.18g
- 01 Jan 1999
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- London, United Kingdom
- 3rd Revised edition
About Nick Baldwin
Nick Baldwin worked in the Land-Rover factory in the mid 1960s and subsequently became a freelance transport journalist. He was Editor of 'Old Motor' in the 1970s and is consultant Editor to 'The Automobile' as well as contributing regularly to other journals including the ongoing 'A-Z Tractors, Lorries and PSVs'. He is Chairman of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council.
Table of contents
The origins of four-wheel drive; The First World War and after; The 1930s and Second World War; The ubiquitous Land-Rover; The postwar Jeep and its rivals; Clubs; Places to visit