In the early ’70s, things were a little different. The US was licking its wounds after a drubbing in Vietnam, India was smug after yet another victory over its neighbour and the world, in general, had warmed up to the idea of hippiedom. Some things, however didn’t change much, one of which is this prime, 1971 example of the Land Rover Series III. This one has a history too, one that goes back to India’s most powerful political dynasty, though that is probably incidental. A legend in its own right, the Series I, II and III have influenced the outcome of the Land Rovers we know today, and it looks like the vehicle in the white corner may do that for the Range Rovers of tomorrow.
If the Series III is subtle, the Evoque is over-the-top personified. It shouts from terraces, across busy alleys and public places, demanding your attention in a way that no SUV anywhere in the world probably ever has. Sure, the BMW X6’s uniqueness may have caught the imagination of many, but this one seems to smack you right across the face. It’s a fine example of how to retain a concept’s fine lines and even its impractical design cues to ensure that the thought stays pure. The raised derriere, the small-ish glasshouse and the sharp detailing are designed to communicate a lot more about the person who owns such a vehicle than most mass-produced cars currently on sale.
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