The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc Land-Rover Series 2 ¼ Ton Command Reconnaissance


The Australian Army took delivery of it's first Series 2 Land-Rover 88" regular, a fully imported unit, for testing and appraisal in 1958. (Picture and info from Paul Handel at ANZACsteel website. (ARN 107-671, CoA C-67999) According to AWM records it was chassis 142800001, with a 2.0 litre engine, priced at 1193 pounds.

"In late 1958 the AMF commenced taking delivery of the new Series 2 Land-Rover after trials to find a replacement for the Austin Champ which had been in service since 1950. These Series 2 vehicles in SWB (some 1958 units had late Series 1 engines and some 1958 units had the O.H.V. Series 2 engine) and LWB (1959 models) were supplied with minimal modifications after assembly at Sydney's Pressed Metal Corp (CKD RHD kits from England)...

"Their appearance is almost the same as civilian models. They are fitted with towing eyes at the front, tail light protectors and trailer connection at the right side rear, thru the body panel above the location for the rear number plate, some extra instrumentation and switching, and a fire extinguisher. On the dash they have a large blackout switch immediately to the right of the speedo panel. Some photos show an air pressure number 23 in half-inch white paint over the centre of the axles, and a black five inch square painted on the rear panel, on the left side, south east of the tail lights, marked LOAD ¼ TON in white paint. The BWC plate is lower down the front left guard than the Series 2A." ref Stephen Stansfield. Tac holders were fitted front and rear after a change to Formation Markings Standing Orders when the units were in service. Also note that these Series 2 units had a pintle hook, the early type, as fitted to the Austin Champs.

On Land-Rover Series 2 and 2A G.S. units (¼ ton and ¾ ton), a chain, a bracket and a wingnut secured a jerry can behind the front seats (without fouling the rear seats). The chain passed from the centre upright (which secures a spare tyre in civilian models) thru the handle of jerry can and across to a bracket behind the driver. Three lengths of angle aluminium were mounted on the rear floor below the upright to surround and secure the bottom of the jerry can against the bulkhead.


Land-Rover Series 2 Command Reconnaissance


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The photo on the left is of a Land-Rover Series 2 Command Reconnaissance in the classic Land-Rover collection of Melbourne City Land-Rover.
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The photo on the left is Pickles, a Series 2 Command Reconnaissance, chassis #143900691, delivery 16.12.58. It was fitted with engine 141800907, a Series 1 donk. Pickles has incorrect park and turn lights and no bwc plate at the front. It does have the towing eyes and tac holders. Headlights are Lucas and marked 'FV'. The original bronze green paint is somewhere under the olive drab applied in the mid-sixties. The chassis number and delivery date on the C.R. ID plates are seemingly mis-matched as the prefix "1439" indicates 1959 Solihull production. As yet we have no explanation for this.

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The photo on the left shows an unrestored unit, still painted bronze green. It has the tare weight figures and tyre pressure figures as per Australian Army specs.

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In this photo a Command Recion is being used for survey work by the Survey Corps. THe photo was taken from the Army Journal and is dated 1960.


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Factory archive photos of Series 2 Australian Army Land-Rovers


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