The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc
The Civilian 6x6

Whilst the history of the military Perentie 6x6 is fairly well know, the history of the Civilian 6x6 is somewhat clouded, and often forgotten. The fact of the matter is, without one, the other would not have existed, so REMLR decided it was time to follow up the history of these interesting vehicles.

The tender for Project Perentie required that vehicles offered were not prototypes, but derivatives of Commercially available vehicles. Accordingly, Leyland / JRA set about making a 6x6 for the civilian market to be sold before the trials were completed in order to comply with that specification. For the same reason, the Mercedes Gwagen and the Jeep J10 appeared at the same time. When neither vehicle was chosen their respective models disappeared from the australian civilian market. Likewise in 2010 when the Gwagen was chosen to replace some land rovers, they became available to the civilian market once more.

It's not known precisely how many 110 6x6 units were built, thoughts range from a mere 20 up to 100. So as we find them, or information about them, we will add that information here. The ones that were built were of similar specification to the 6x6 units trailed by the Army. Production Army 6x6 vehicles had a number of changes to the design.
Chassis Number
Engine No Type Rego
Colour
Year
Original User
Other Information
SALLDHAV1AA559021 - Fire Tender     6.1985 ESSO Petroleum Built by Austral for ESSO Petroleum. 3.5 V8 Petrol. Yellow
SALLDMAZ1BY559029 658807 STD     10.1985 NPW SA Fitted with tipping crane and tray
SALLDMAZ1BY559030 - STD 961HTU   1986 - Currently Flat Tray with custom chequer plate tray
SALLDHAZ1BF559032 - Fire Fighting UNG063   - Lenswood & Forest Range CFS White unit in photo. Sold by Dave benson minus tray and went to Cooktown. Information on http://www.fire-brigade.asn.au/about-sacfs-history/History_Appliance_Display.asp?Service_Code=SACFS&Station_Code=LENS with registration UNG063
SALLDMAZ1BY562585   STD AF75XA   1985 Unk Owned by Murray Rumbel at Modern Motors, Dungog, NSW.
SALLDMAZ1BY562587 - STD     1986 Private Richard Bradley
SALLDMAZ1BY562590 660070 -     01.12.1985 Renison-Bell Mine Originally sold to Renison Bell Mine in tasmania in 1987, However the same engine number has been quoted as being in the Maianbar Bushfire vehicle in Sutherland Shire. That vehicle was sold from there in 16/10/1998 and thought to have been going the Rural Fire Service at Cobar NSW.
SALLDMAZ1BY562591 731759 STD ZBE-790 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.
SALLDMAZ1BY562592 731574 STD ZBE-786 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.
SALLDMAZ1BY562593 731597 STD ZBE-788 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.
SALLDMAZ1BY562594 731568 STD ZBE-785 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.

SALLDMAZ1BY562595

749013 STD ZBE-787 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy

For sale in 2011 converted to a tour bus. Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.

SALLDMAZ1BY562596 749019 STD ZBE-789 Ivory 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, white bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.
SALLDMAZ1BY562597 731766 STD ZBE-789 MASAI RED 1986 Bureau of Mineralogy Originally a GS type with blue canopy, red bodywork and split rims. 1 of 7 for the BOM.
SALLDMAZ1BY565595 - STD     1987 Council For sale 2012 on Carsales.com.au. Dual Cab fitted with custom tray for camping. Originally sold to a council in the Newcastle area. Built as a single cab, but converted to dual cab by later owners.
SALLDMAZ1BY565596 749010 STD     - Council Now owned by Brian Baltrop and is set up as a camper in dark grey. Priginally purchased by a shire council in the Newcastle area, maybe Stockton circa 1988.
SALLDMAZ1BY565597 818699 STD     1987 Private A red standard unit photographed at Cooma 1998 by a number of people. Eric Shingles Owner.
SALLDMAZ1BY570362 - Coach     - Campbells Coaches First Registered 1990 to Campbells Coaches, Mt Isa
SALLDMAZ1BY570364 859513 -     1988 Randwick Council Fitted with Tipping Tipping bin. Seen on Farm Machinery Sales in 2010
SALLDAMZ1BY570367 859537 -     1990 SA Police Sold to SA Police by Prestige Motors in 1990. Now owned by Peter Owen, SA. Was configured for Bomb Disposal.
SALLDMAZ1BY570368 - Bus     - Terra Tours Originally a Tour Bus for Terra Tours, Darwin. Now owned by Jutterbug on AULRO.
SALLDMAZ1BY570369 - Bus     1990 Terra Tours Seen for sale on e-bay 2008 as a unfinished project. Originally a Tourist Bus.
Unknown - Fire FIghting -   - - Archive Photos of dual cab with Wyee on bonnet. RFS vehicle. Unknown if JRA or other manufacturered.
Unknown - - -   - - Archive Photos of a vehicle belonging to Fred Smith of Bayswater. Unknown if JRA or other manufacturered.
Unknown - - -   - - Archive Photos of a camper called Rhondas Shed
Unknown - STD -   - - Archive Photos of vehicle owned by Sparkie on the AULRO forums.


   

SALLDHAV1AA559021

Built by Austral for ESSO Petroleum, this 3.5L V8 Petrol was painted in a distinctive Yellow. It features a parge water canon and the name Hawk marked on the sides.

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SALLDMAZ1BY559029

This vehicle appeared in e-bay with 60,000 km on the clock and engine no 658807. This vehicle was originally sold to National Parks and Wildlife in South Australia. This appears to be a fairly standard unit, although it has a hydraulic tipper tray fitted.

This vehicle is now on a farm in Bigga near Crookwell in NSW

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Photo from E-Bay

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Copyright Karl Bossard

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Copyright Glenn Smith. Taken at LROC Espo 2009

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Copyright Glenn Smith. Taken at LROC Espo 2009

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Copyright Glenn Smith. Taken at LROC Espo 2009


SALLDHAZ1BF559030

Advertised on Just 4x4 in 2013 for $25,000.

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SALLDHAZ1BF559032

This unit was sold direct to the Lenswood & Forest Range CFS in SA, circa June 1985

It started life as a Fire Fighting unit before being bought by Dave Benson in Tasmania where it was stripped of it's equipment and sold as a cab chassis to somebody in Cooktown, who collected it and drove it home as it is seen in these photos.

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SALLDMAZ1BY562585

This unit belonging to Modern Motors, Dungog appears to still earn it's keep as a working vehicle.

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Copyright Dennis McLaughlin

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Copyright Dennis McLaughlin

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Copyright Dennis McLaughlin

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SALLDMAZ1BY562590

A photo of this vehicle wearing Sutherland Bushfire has been around for a while, but I never put that together with the information about a unit at Maianbar Bushfire Brigade, which is in the Sutherland Shire. There is still something out of kilter because this chassis was proportedly sold to a mine in Tasmania, but bought new by the Shire in NSW, so still some hunting around to do there, but another piece of the puzzle put together as the engine number given for the fire tender matches the one in the mine vehicle 2 states and a Strait away!

 

 

 


SALLDMAZ1BY562595

This vehicle appeared for sale on Carsales.com.au in 2011(For only $5000?) and only appeared for sale for a couple of days before being purchased. A tidy looking conversion if you ask me! Originally this vehicle, along with five others were used by the Bureau of Mineralogy painted white with blue canopies and split rims. Originally the number plates on this vehicle would have been Commonwealth 'Z' Plates.

This was purchased by Garrick Lambert who has plans to convert it into a camper.

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Original Configuration
Copyright Glenn Smith

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Original Configuration
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SALLDMAZ1BY565597

This unit has been photographed at Cooma in 1998 by at least one person. In fact all of these photos may have been taken at that event. It appears to be a standard unit, except that it appears that it may have a wide track front axle. The windscreen appears to be a Series 3 type, as do the doors. Is this a prototype of some sort?

More recent infromation from the owner Eric Shingles indicate that it was purchased new from Arthur Garthon Land Rover in Sydney around Feb 1987. It was burnt out Eric purchased it, and he re cab’ed it with series’ Land Rover panels.

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SALLDMAZ1BY570362

This vehicle was first registered as a coach (bus) on 27/04/90 to Campbells Coaches, Mount Isa.

It is now owned by Film Industry Gear who were intending to convert it to a camera boom vehicle to shoot the Mad Max remake / sequal at Broken Hill.

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SALLDMAZ1BY570364

This vehicle appears to have undergone significant modification from a standard vehicle. Seen for sale on Farm Machinery Sales.com.au in 2010 at Railton Tasmania. Below is the description with the sale:

This is a rare vehicle with complete Army specs: full galvanised box chassis, disc brakes, 4 speed box and wide rear axles. Linktip hooklift with electric/hydraulic controls. Murrel bins have new bases and paint; tipper bin is newly constructed. Size of vehicle and 6 wd make it ideal for accessing hard to reach sites including suburban backyards for eg swimming pool earth removal. Tipping bin suited to landscaping activities and car body removals. Vehicle has been operator owned for 10 years and is now completely refurbished and ready for Road Worthy. Can transport to the mainland at buyers expense.
Attachments:
- 2 x 5 m3 Murrel Bins
- 1 x 5 m3 Tipper Bin
- Linktip Hooklift
Condition: Excellent
Axles,wheels,tyres: 3 axles
Configuration: 6 wheel drive
Kms: 178,633
Engine No- 4BDI-859513

It is believed this vehicle was first sold to Randwick Council.

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The vehicle in service with Randwick Council in it's original configuration.

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The vehicle in service with Randwick Council in it's original configuration.

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SALLDMAZ1BY570367

This vehicle was fitted out by SA Police in 1990 for Bomb Disposal duties, and is thought to have been decomissioned in 1998. Now owned by a SA enthusiast.

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The vehicle in service with SA Police


SALLDMAZ1BY570368

Believed to be the sister vehicle to the Terra Tours vehicle below, this vehicle is now owned by David Compton (Jitterbug on AULRO). It is in the process of being turned into an Overland vehicle.

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SALLDMAZ1BY570369

This vehicle appeared on e-bay in 2008 as a project underway. Unfortunately I didn't save copies of all of the photos. It appears they were trying to make a large station wagon, but never finished. The truth is that the vehicle actually started out as a tourist bus in darwin in the eighties. The company that operated the vehicle had two matching vehicles.

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E-Bay 2008

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Copyright Glenn Smith

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Unknowns

These photos are of vehicles we know nothing further about, and only have 1 or 2 photos of showing little detail. If a photo is yours, and not credited, let us know so that we can correct that oversight or omission.

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This photo was taken at the land rover factory, with the Land Rover development vehicle in the background. The unique dual cab in the foreground was built for a mining company at broken hill for underground work. To date it has not been seen since leaving the factory.

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This vehicle may well be one of the Bureau of minerals vehicles as it has the distinctive split rims that those vehicles were fitted with.

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This was offered for sale by FWD in 2007 for $50,000. It was called Rhonda's Shed.

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Fred Smith of Bayswater's 6x6.

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Copyright Mark Curby

Non Land Rover Australia Built 6x6 Land Rovers

For the sake of elimination, I am keeping track of 6x6 Land Rover's in Australia that were not built by Land Rover Australia

Photo
Chassis Number
Engine No Type Rego
Year
Other Information
 

6T9G14AAA10AAB001

- Camper - - Built from development Perentie 6x6 chassis and a FC cab. Now owned by 123rover50 on the AULRO forums.
             
             

 

 

 

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