Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

14. Land Rover

Land rover

The original Land Rover was launched in 1948 and even now, as part of the Indian-owned Tata group, remains an icon of British engineering, solidity and style. The early colour choice was dictated by military- surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint—various shades of light green. The new generation—such as Range Rover, Evoque and Discovery— is a testament to an enduring brand whose sales of technologically advanced cross-country vehicles are growing even while some of those original postwar Series 1 models are still on the road.

‘The idea of wilderness needs no defence, it only needs defenders’
(Edward Abbey)

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