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. This was the very first production series 2 land rover built.

In late 1958 the AMF commenced taking delivery of the new Series 2 Land-Rover after trials to find a replacement for the WW2 jeep. These Series 2 vehicles in SWB and LWB (1959 models) were supplied with minimal modifications after assembly at Sydney's Pressed Metal Corp (CKD RHD kits from England). The trials of 1958 expressed concern about the size of the fuel tank, but in later general service iterations of the vehicle this was solved by the fitting of dual fuel tanks. Other recomendations from the trials were heavy duty suspension (again added to the later GS models) and a modified canopy design which appears to have begun with the Command Reconnaissance model.

Their appearance is almost the same as civilian models. They are fitted with towing eyes at the front, tail light protectors, some extra instrumentation and switching, and a fire extinguisher and a heavy duty canopy. On the dash they have a large blackout switch immediately to the right of the speedo panel. The BWC plate is lower down the front left guard than the Series 2A." ref Stephen Stansfield. Tac holders were later 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. The trailer plug was fitted in the rear bodywork above the number plate on the drivers side.

In the tub angle brackets were fitted to the floor to locate the spare tyre that fitted with a bracket against the back of the bulkhead in the tub.

To see photos of the Command Reconnaissance model brand new from the factory visit the Factory archive photos of Series 2 Australian Army Land-Rovers page.


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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