70th anniversary celebrations
  • Land Rover continues its 70th anniversary celebrations with a visit to a remote location deep in the Indian Himalayan region also known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’
  • A fleet of classic Series Land Rover models dating from 1957 provides a vital transport link between Maneybhanjang and Sandakphu in West Bengal
  • The village of Sandakphu sits at an altitude of 3 636 m and is accessible by a steep and rocky track using a fleet of 42 thoroughly well-maintained Series Land Rovers
  • Watch the film here:


Maneybhanjang, West Bengal, India, 08 August 2018 – Land Rover took its 70th anniversary celebrations to new heights by visiting a remote rural community in West Bengal that relies on a fleet of classic models for its very survival.


Known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’, the rural location deep in the Himalayas is reliant on a fleet of meticulously maintained Series Land Rovers dating back as far as 1957.


A film has been released that highlights the spectacular 31 km journey made often by residents of Maneybhanjang in West Bengal, India to Sandakphu for their means of living. Towering gradients, rock-strewn pony tracks and treacherous weather are just some of the hazards faced on a daily basis by the residents and their Land Rovers on the journey to the hilltop village, which sits at an altitude of approximately 3 636 m.


Land Rover’s team visited the remarkable collection of Series models, which provides a vital role for the community as reliable and unstoppable all-terrain transport.


This year marks 70 years since the original Land Rover made its debut at Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. Land Rover is marking this milestone with a series of celebrations throughout 2018, including a special broadcast, record-breaking convoys and a display in London’s Design Museum.



See the film here:










1948    Land Rover Series I launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show


1953    Long Wheelbase version of the Series I is introduced


1956    Oxford and Cambridge teams complete on London to Singapore expedition in Series I


1958    Land Rover Series II unveiled with more refined design


1970    Original two-door Range Rover (the Classic) goes on sale


1971    Land Rover Series III launched


1972    Range Rover crosses Darien Gap on 18 000-mile Trans-America expedition


1976    1 000 000th Land Rover built


1979    A Range Rover wins the inaugural Paris-Dakar rally (and again in 1981) 1981 Land Rover begins legendary partnership with Camel Trophy


1981    Four-door Range Rover released


1989    Land Rover Discovery, the third Land Rover model, goes on sale


1990    Original ‘Landie’ relaunched and renamed Defender


1994    Second generation Range Rover launched


1997    All-new Freelander is unveiled with innovative new technology: Hill Descent Control


2001    Third-generation Range Rover with all-round independent air suspension revealed


2003    Inaugural G4 challenge sees 16 teams traverse USA, South Africa and Australia


2004    Range Stormer Concept previews performance Range Rover and three-door body


2004    Discovery 3/LR3, the third-generation Discovery, launched at New York Motor Show


2005    All-new Range Rover Sport unveiled


2006    Freelander 2/LR2 launched. The first Land Rover to be manufactured at Halewood


2008    LRX concept car previews design language of a new luxury compact SUV


2009    Fourth generation of the Land Rover Discovery introduced


2010    Range Rover Evoque, the world’s first luxury compact SUV, makes global debut


2012    Fourth-generation Range Rover introduced – the first all-aluminium SUV


2013    New generation of Range Rover Sport unveiled at New York Motor Show


2014    Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division is officially launched


2014    Range Rover Sport SVR debuts, the fastest, most agile, most powerful Land Rover


2014    Discovery Vision Concept previews design vision for new family of Discovery vehicles


2014    Launch of Discovery Sport, a new premium compact SUV with 5+2 seating


2015    Trio of end-of-line Defender editions revealed with biggest sand drawing in UK


2015    Exclusive Range Rover SVAutobiography long wheelbase launched in New York


2015    Evoque Convertible becomes world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible


2015    One-of-a-kind Land Rover 'Defender 2 000 000' sells for £400 000 at charity auction


2016    Last Defender rolls off the production line


2016    All-new Discovery with world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology launched


2017    Land Rover launches the fourth Range Rover, the Velar


2018    Limited Edition Range Rover SV Coupé debuts at Geneva Motor Show


2018    Land Rover marks 70th Anniversary on 30 April with celebratory broadcast