In 1952, it was decided to have the four wheel drive engage automatically when the low gear range is selected. This was performed with a simple dog clutch mechanism that would be used on all later Series Land Rovers. The gear box was also slightly re-designed to handle the more powerful 2 litre engine that was introduced at the same time. Source: LR HistoryHeading South
The Beak Family
|The Beak Family - 1953|
George and Joy Adamson
|George and Joy Adamson - Land Rover Series I - 1953|
We were strongly advised not to take a trailer and warned that if we did, it would certainly have to be abandoned in the sands of the Sahara. Although I have no love for trailers, I had had plenty of experience with them under desert conditions and felt confident of getting through. In the event it turned out that the trailer was an infernal nuisance, not because any difficulties in negotiating the desert, but owing to broken springs, burst tyres, a broken coupling and the trouble of parking it when passing through cities.
|Joy Adamson - 1953|
The drive through the Congo and part of French Equatorial Africa tended to become monotonous as the practically the whole of our route ran through the vast Equatorial forest where visibility was limited to the road ahead and a few yards on either side, only occasionally relieved by rivers. These we had to cross by ferries, some powered, others, which consisted of dug-out canoes with a platform lashed across, driven by a team of paddlers. Source: Bwana Game by George Adamson
Land Rover continued to expand its global reach and so continued people's enthusiasm to drive overland around the globe.
Expedition Land Rovers through the generations
1955 - UK to Singapore (First Overland)
1956 - Two Overland Expeditions
1959 - Cape Town to Cairo