Specific: Ordered by the Danish
Army in 1977 and entered service in 1978.
The Landrover 88 was in many years used in a large
variety of roles in the Danish Army. Now superseded by
the Mercedes Geländewagen.
Historical: The Landrover was the brainchild of
Rover´s Maurice Wilks. Many Willys MB parts were used when the first
prototype were made by the Wilks brothers back in 1947.
After official approval the company started on 50
pre-production machines which would be shown to the
public in April 1948, and officially launched at the
Amsterdam Motor Shown later that year.
Also in 1948 The Ministry of Supply acquired 2
pre-production vehicles for evaluation by the Fighting
Vehicles Development Establishment (FVDE). They were
initially thought to be useful for behind-the-lines work,
as the Austin Champ were supposed to fill the frontline
role. From 1956 the Landrover started to replace the
Champ as frontline vehicle.
In May 1950 the RAF had taken delivery of its first batch
of 100 standard 80-inch vehicles.
Adopted as standard 1/4 ton vehicle by the British Army
in 1958. Developed through Series II (1958), series IIA
(1961), Series III (October 1971) and the 90 (1984).
The Landrover has been in service with at least 140 armies around the
Length: 3.63 m (141 inches).
Width: 1.63 m (63 inches).
Height: 2.00 m (78 inches).
Weight: 2.150 kg (4.730 lb.).
Engine: Land Rover 4-cylinder, 2.286 cm3 (139 cubic
inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 51 at 4.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox.
Transfer case: 2-speed.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Tyres: 7.50 - 16.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 90 liter (20 gallons).
Range: 450 km (281 miles).
Crew: 1 + 5.