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1998 Farmer’s Friend Concept Vehicle
Chassis number: DLR05
Registration number: None
Engine type: 1.2 3cyl Petrol
Gearbox type: 5 Speed
This amazing vehicle was a concept for a high-mobility off-road farmer’s runaround. Only one was built and a lot of testing was carried out at Gaydon.
Work started in 1998 by rooting around local scrap yards where a Subaru Sumo was found. The suspension, engine, gearbox and controls were adapted to fit into a space frame with a pivot just behind the driver. It was pretty unique at the time, with springs on all four corners and the central articulation.
At the time it was built, Gators and quad bikes were still fairly new on the scene and starting to become popular, so arguably Land Rover’s timing was right. However, it did not go into production.
The development engineers had a bit of a soft spot for it, though, so it was squirreled away which is why it survives today.