Land Rover Centre Steer Prototype

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land rover centre steer prototype model kit 3d printed in various scales with optional passenger seats and canvas top, unpainted predecessor of generations of vehicles

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The centre steer was the prototype Land Rover, the predecessor of a world beating generations of vehicles. Built on a Willys Jeep chassis the Centre steer was an off road vehicle.

the following is from Wikipedia:

The Centre Steer is the name given by enthusiasts to the prototype of the Land Rover 4×4 automobile. Being a prototype, only one example was built and the production vehicle differed significantly in many ways. Developed in late 1947 by the Rover Motor Co., the Land Rover was intended to be an agricultural vehicle inspired by the wartime Willys Jeep.

Design and build

Raw materials for car building were allocated by the government based on the company’s export performance (as this earned much-needed trade revenue for post-war Britain). Because of this the Land Rover was designed from the outset to be exported to the British Empire and Commonwealth. Rover viewed this 4×4 as a stopgap to get production running and so the company could return to building luxury cars. The Land Rover had to be developed and produced with minimal outlay.

The prototype was produced in September 1947. Its most distinctive feature was the centrally-mounted steering wheel, with passenger seats on either side. This was done for three reasons:

the Land Rover was designed as an agricultural vehicle capable of performing jobs also done by tractors. Tractors had centrally mounted steering and this system would be familiar to farmers;

with the drive in the centre of the vehicle, the space on either side could be used as additional storage space for cargo if the passenger seats were removed. The space could also be used for mounting equipment such as a generator or pump powered by the vehicle’s Power Take Off (PTO) system from the main gearbox, which was under the seats;

the centre-steer layout removed the need to produce the vehicle in both right- and left-hand drive versions, saving money in production.

The vehicle shared the Jeep’s 80 inch (2 m) wheelbase that would be carried over to the final production vehicle. It had more complex body panels, with a more curved front end and a Jeep-like rear body tub (the production vehicle used generally squarer, flatter panels for ease of production).

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Scale

1:35, 1:43, 1:48, 1:56 28mm, 1:72

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