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Offline Mike C

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What's In A Name? Land Rover, Landrover, Land-Rover ....
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:57:32 AM »
So I'm posing a question to the many members: what is the correct way to write Land Rover/Landrover/Land-Rover?

I pose the question because documents seem to write it multiple ways:

- A JRA pam about the 110 6x6 has 'Land Rover', including names of the companies, viz Land Rover Australia and Land Rover Limited.
- An Aust Army 1958 servicing pam has it as 'Landrover' (actually LANDROVER, to be precise)
- A Rover Co. Series IIA Owners Manual (civilian) has it as 'Land-Rover'.

So what is the correct way to write the name??? Or are all three technically correct because they appear in military and company authorised publications?

All opinions & comments welcome!

Mike


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Re: What's In A Name? Land Rover, Landrover, Land-Rover ....
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 07:49:11 AM »
Land-Rover was used on the S1's and can be seen on the badge.

Sometime in S2 production I think, the hyphen was dropped and the models were known as Land Rover as seen on the badges.

When the company became independent from British Leyland it was still called Land Rover and still is.

"Landrover" would have been written by someone who had difficulty reading and writing, and by someone who most probably did not know what a hyphen was and did not recognise the stylised hyphen on the badge ignore it it is a spelling error.

When referring to particular models I use Rover's original spelling for that model,

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Re: What's In A Name? Land Rover, Landrover, Land-Rover ....
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 08:16:52 PM »
An interesting question Mike!

A bit cold in the shed here in Victoria, so you got me into the books a bit.

From what I can see, the Army always used LANDROVER in all of the publications for the 2 and 2A vehicles (RPS, EMEI etc.)

Land-Rover is used by the manufacturer for the vehicles. This makes sense, at the time the Rover company produced all sorts of vehicles, including Land-Rovers.

This designation appears in all of my civilian publications of the time (parts catalogue, workshop manuals etc.) It also appears on all of the Chassis data plates for these vehicles.

PMC also used Land-Rover on all of the data plates, as far as I can see without exception.

As far as I can see, this all applies to the Series 2 and 2A vehicles, the Series 3 documents look to follow the same rules.

So it looks like they changed from Land-Rover to Land Rover after the series 3? Possibly when JRA came into being?

Chazza, I see what you mean about the hyphen on the badge, it is possibly still there on the Series 2, 2A and 3, just a bit more stylised I guess.

Hope this helps!

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Re: What's In A Name? Land Rover, Landrover, Land-Rover ....
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2019, 12:11:44 AM »
Fascinating!  Thank you, Mike K & Chazza, for looking at this.

Just love the semantics of it all. So to be precise, if writing about the Army's Series 1 to 3, I should probably use Landrover. If writing about or referring to early civilian models, then Land-Rover, and anything from the 110 onwards is a Land Rover.

I think I'll stick to Land Rover - much less confusing! But would still welcome further comments from the REMLR community.

Mike (from a  warm, but overcast, Colbert, Washington) 

 
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