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Land Rover Series 1

SAS Patrol Vehicle



Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: Approximately 1955 - Early 1960's
Manufactured by: Chassis: Land Rover; Vehicle Conversion: SAS Regiment Workshops
Crew: 3
Armament: Front (Passenger/Commander): Dual .303 Vickers "K" (air) Machine Guns; Rear: (1) M2HB .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun or (1) .30 cal Browning MG.  Also, (1) .303 BREN MG was stowed next to the Driver's seat.  The previous weapons package was considered "standard", however variations were common based upon crew preferences and/or mission.
Engine: (4) Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: The first Special Air Service (SAS) Land Rover Series 1 Patrol Vehicles were created by simply stripping down and modifying short wheel base (with 86 inch chassis) Land Rover Series 1 vehicles. The changes do not appear to have been officially standardized, but common modifications included the addition of weapons/mounts, an upgraded suspension, the raising of the front passenger's seat (for improved vision/firing of the front weapons) and the addition of an auxiliary fuel tank.  Subsequently produced vehicles were finally standardized, although ultimately very similar to the first models.  The most notable change was the later vehicles were built on the newer, longer 88 inch Series 1 chassis.  Once the Land Rover Series 2/2A models became available, subsequent patrol vehicles were built on those platforms and the iconic SAS "Pink Panther" Patrol Vehicle was born.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
SAS Land Rover Series 1 Patrol Vehicle Photos Ian Young - Great Britain

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SAS Land Rover Series 1 Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos Dunsfold Collection


Reference Author

British Military Land Rovers: Leaf Sprung Land Rovers in British Military Service (Heritage & Sons, Ltd.)

James Taylor & Geoff Fletcher
  "Land Rover Buyers Guide" (May 2021 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Craig Allen

Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing)

Pat Ware
"Military Roverphile: Special Forces Land Rovers"  January 2010 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine James Taylor
Quarter Ton: The Story of the Quarter Ton, 4x4 Utility in British Military Service - 1941-1958 (Warehouse Publications) Pat Ware
"SAS Land Rovers"  January 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine James Taylor
"SAS Land-Rovers"  (Wheels & Tracks #9)  
SAS Panthers In Detail (Wings & Wheels Publications) Frantisek Koran & Ales Kautsky
Special Forces Vehicles: 1940 to the Present Day (Images of War - Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware

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