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Specific Item Information: Oxford Diecast N NLAN188001 Land Rover Series 1, SWB (Short Wheel Base) 88", Civil Defence
Prototype Information: The Land Rover, launched in 1948, was an instant hit and continues to be the workhorse for anyone involved in heavy duty, rural or off-road environment. Its use extended to public bodies as well.
Rover chief engineer Maurice Wilks was inspired by his army-surplus Willys-Overland Jeep to create a workhorse vehicle for military and agricultural use - and for export abroad to kick-start both Rover's fortunes and the national economy after World War II. Prototypes were up and running by late 1947, and production of the Series I began at Solihull in summer 1948. It had permanent four-wheel-drive with low-ratio gearing and a locking freewheel mechanism, and a 50bhp, 1.6-litre engine from the Rover P3 saloon. It was fitted with lightweight body panels made from surplus aircraft-grade aluminium - steel was in short supply post-war - and came with army-surplus green paint. The Land Rover price started from just £450. Supply to the British forces started in 1949, the Land Rover replacing the Austin Champ and later, the rust-prone Austin Gipsy. Deliveries to organisations such as the Red Cross soon followed. The 100,000th Land Rover was made in autumn 1954 and by 1958, production ran to around 200,000.
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In Great Britain, the Civil Defence Corps (CDC) was a civilian volunteer organisation established in 1949 to mobilise and take local control of the affected area in the aftermath of a major national emergency, principally envisaged as being a Cold War nuclear attack. By March 1956, the Civil Defence Corps had 330,000 personnel. The CD Corps were to be ‘stood down’ on 31 March 1968.
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Their N-scale collection is using the 1:148 scale ratio as most British manufacturers.
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