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This pic from the 1994 LRNA catalog reminds me of the Cold War era HK catalogs:


How awesome was that? LRNA's line-up consisted of the Range Rover, Discovery, and D90. That was epic. Really, how does it get any better than this? Maybe toss in a Defender 110 or something? It's really hard to top this trio.

For the Range Rover, you didn't even have to call it the "Range Rover Classic". It was just the Range Rover. That's all you had to say, negro.

Same for the Discovery. There was no Disco1 or "Discovery Series I". And it was just the Discovery.

Every vehicle there had solid axles. And whatever their external differences were, you didn't have to be a genius to look under them and see that they were all pretty much identical in terms of performance.

The Land Rover dealers were centers. They would play Camel Trophy videos inside:


And there were all kinds of displays at every desk and table showing the relative size of the Land Rover lug nuts compared to the lug nuts from the competition. There are also displays showing cut-outs from the frames on the Land Rovers vs. say a 4Runner or Explorer frame. These were really cool. The literature of the day also went into why the Land Rover was a better vehicle. The literature wasn't trying to dazzle you with fancy bullshit. It was all real deal.

And the dealers had wheels events. When was the last time your local dealer had a wheels event? It's sad. And the people at these events were nice people. They weren't greaseballs or hipsters or grungers or overland poseurs or other pricks. They were all cool. They were just normal people who were genuinely excited about their Land Rovers. It's funny how much has changed.

Every Land Rover center also had free coffee all the time as well. That's a little touch but it's nice.

This is when the brochures had the Royal Warrants on them:


The literature I've seen for the past few years didn't have the Royal Warrants on them.

You could fit the dog guard and gunbox to your Range Rover:


and then take your Range Rover hunting:


Hunting was still acceptable at the time. Land Rover today wouldn't touch anything with guns.

You could also get those bitchin waterproof seat covers:


Rubber mats please:


All of this and your Range Rover would still fit right when when you drove it to Phantom:


The D90 brochure:


The brochures had the Land Rover Marque Values:


I used to think these were lame. Now I miss them. They were certainly better than what we have today with the LR2, LR3, LR4, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Evoque. Even the latest Mk3 is feeling cheesy to me.

I used to dig these pics in the Disco brochure:


Note the wheels. They're castors. They're not freestyles or boosts or whatever. They're castors. They're distinctly Discovery.

Even this lame ass pic is telling:


Note the glass. The glass isn't tinted. You can see straight through the vehicle. If that Disco were white it would look like the Popemobile. You could look right through that glass and see His Holiness waving at you from inside.

I don't think I'm being overly nostaglic here. That time was the golden era for LRNA.
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I don't think I'm being overly nostaglic here. That time was the golden era for LRNA.


I remember drooling over the interior picture. LOL
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Even this lame ass pic is telling:



Note the glass. The glass isn't tinted. You can see straight through the vehicle. If that Disco were white it would look like the Popemobile. You could look right through that glass and see His Holiness waving at you from inside.

I don't think I'm being overly nostaglic here. That time was the golden era for LRNA.

Here's my white 95 Discovery, but damn, no clear windows.

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For some reason this pic stayed in my memory:


I'm not sure why.

Perhaps it's the clear windows. Perhaps it's those weirdo jumps in the rear. Or maybe it's that Michelin tire that you saw on Land Rovers but not on other cars. Or maybe it's the view of the dual sunroofs, which was really weird to me at the time.

But for whatever reason, that pic stayed in my memory big time.
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Even this lame ass pic is telling:



Note the glass. The glass isn't tinted. You can see straight through the vehicle. If that Disco were white it would look like the Popemobile. You could look right through that glass and see His Holiness waving at you from inside.

I don't think I'm being overly nostaglic here. That time was the golden era for LRNA.

This is the picture that really inspires the nostalgia for me. The first Discovery I ever saw was this color and belonged to an aunt in Charlotte. It must have been a '94 or '95. I hate the color; it's very early '90s - Charlotte Hornets, but I can't help but fondly remember my aunt and that first Disco. It must have been a '94 or '95. It was so much cooler than my mom's Taurus wagon.
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Prince makes Land Rover discovery


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/7010548.stm



Prince Charles has come across a Land Rover belonging to his late grandfather which had been sitting in a garage for 40 years.

The prince was visiting the garage in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, which has had the vehicle since the 1960s.

It was owned by King George VI, who used it during stays at nearby Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside.

Garage owner Robert Pringle said: "The prince was very interested in it. He was delighted."

'Runs well'

Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, went round the car, which is to be refurbished, for a closer inspection.

The Duke and the Duchess of Rothesay were touring businesses including Pringle's Garage.

Mr Pringle said: "The Land Rover belonged to the late King and was bought by us in 1966.

"We are planning to do it up. It is a beautiful car and it still runs well."

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