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Hi everyone.

There was a discussion not long ago that drifted onto the distinctive smell of the older Land Rovers - Series, Defenders, D1 and RRC.  I couldn't find the interview on google at the time to put into the discussion, but now that I have accidentally stumbled across it this morning, I can't find that discussion on here!

Anyway, here's a link to an old BBC programme about the early Land Rover, with appearances by Tom Barton, Phil Bashall and James Taylor, plus the comment I had been looking for at 3m20s by Anthea Turner: 

 

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Remember that movie, it was aired on TV in holland as well, I still have it on a VHS video tape somewhere. The smell is an individual thing of every landrover; Mine smells very special by now, but it depends how deep and where the last swamp was.

 

Daan

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Older carpeted vehicles of any brand are generally dominated by the smell emanating from damp carpets/soundproofing where they have got wet during the winter from wet/snowy footwear. It's so hard to take carpets out of a vehicle to dry them properly that few people bother, and unless you do that it always sits there mouldering away.

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I'm not sure why, but it smells of corroding aluminium in most land rovers to me... Few other cars smell the same.

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A mate of mine who used to be in the forces reckons my 109 "smells like a tank".

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I think mine smells like a diesel locomotive; a mixture of diesel fuel and gearbox oil. I really need to get round to sorting out the gearbox before the decision is made for me!

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My Defender usually smells of hot brakes outside, and inside vaguely doggy - currently with overtones of stale beer after a can of the stuff leaked in the back and saturated the carpet.

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Thank you Nick. I saved this one for my kids. I don't know if they will appreciate it as much as i do. :D

 

My Betty smells like 80W90 and petrol and i love it.

 

cheers,

Eric

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It's a certain generation of men that have a specific appreciation of Anthea, Eric! :D

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That's certainly true. I've never heard of her before this thread, but now . . . :D

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On ‎31‎-‎12‎-‎2017 at 6:03 PM, Snagger said:

It's a certain generation of men that have a specific appreciation of Anthea, Eric! :D

Now I don't know who Anthea is. Never met the girl.... Honestly!

 

But Betty is the dear old lady in my avatar. Full name: Betty Boop.

 

Eric

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