About three years ago, purely by chance, I came across ‘Rosemary’ the Land Rover that featured in all but one of the TV series. To cut a long story short, I bought her for my wife for her birthday. The Series III then looked, and pretty much still does, the same as it did in the show. I call it ‘shabby chic’.
I believe Rosemary originally started life as support vehicle on an airfield, which is why it’s got a later registration number; I think it was part of the fire service. Anyway, following numerous owners it was eventually purchased by a film production company, Celador Entertainment, to be featured in the TV series.
I’m told that Felicity Kendal got quite attached to it, and when filming finished she acquired Rosemary. Apparently, she gifted it to a Cornish donkey sanctuary that she later became patron of.
We used Rosemary for a few years for trips to the beach and for trundling around the Devon lanes, but in the past couple of years she’s been sat on the drive and needs work to get her back on the road, although she starts and runs great.
I just need to make time for her.
This owner review appeared in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.