Long-wheelbase Land Rovers have been around ever since the iconic 107-inch Series I in 1953. Decades later the bods at Land Rover applied a similar treatment to the Range Rover Classic with the majestic LSE models from 1992. But with the P38, the LSE idea fizzled out, and was only revived this year with the Range Rover ‘L’. Now there’s talk of a stretched Freelander on the horizon, and maybe even an Evoque ‘XL’.
That got us thinking – has Land Rover been missing a few tricks over the years? Which Land Rovers would get better the longer you make them? A couple spring to mind…
Freelander 1 Crew Cab
When the Freelander burst onto the scene in 1997, it was the fun and funky soft-back that grabbed the limelight. With the rear roof removed it looked great on the beach and evoked How about taking it one step further and making a crew cab version, with all the practicality of five-door Freelander, and the added benefit of a big open load bay. Set the rear wheels a bit further back, and fit a modified soft back, and it could be a real looker. You’d need something a bit gruntier than the 1.8 petrol – probably a Td4 like this one and the drivetrain might need beefing up a bit. And you probably wouldn’t want to take it hooning around a quarry… but no matter!
View it here.
Forward Control 202
Eagle-eyed LRO readers will have seen the absurdly long Range Rover L322 in our January issue. By comparison, a LWB 101 must be a doddle to make.
How about starting off with something like this [[LINK: http://www.lro.com/detail/cars/4x4s/land-rover/101inch-forward-control/58681]] and doubling its wheelbase to 202 inches? The resulting goliath would make the ultimate fire truck, overland camper, riot van or… bus. The V8 might be a bit over-stretched (geddit?) in its original form, but could easily be modified to generate the necessary oomph. And while you’re chopping the chassis around, you’ll probably want to fit an extra axle and make it a 6x6. Or (and you can blame Assistant Editor Mark for this one) buy a second 101 and turn it into a powered trailer. Or tow your powered 101 trailer behind your 202! Phwoar…
View it here.
If anyone has actually built anything as bonkers as these, please get in touch! We’d love to point and laugh – I mean, er, examine your handiwork. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org