Creative Industry Rides

Volume 1, Catalog Series #7

Alexander Rea’s 1966 Land Rover Series IIA SWB

Built in June 1966 and dispatched to the Ministry of Defense, Central British Army Vehicle Depot in Feltham Middlesex England. Alexander’s Land Rover served in the Honourable Artillery Company, a reserve regiment in the British Army. Incorporated by royal charter in 1537 by King Henry VIII, it is the oldest regiment in the British Army and is considered the second-oldest military unit in the world.

The motto of the HAC, on the sticker on the doors, is Arma Pacis Fulcra, which can be loosely translated as “armed strength for peace”.

Alexander,  freelance executive creative and technology producer and director, found her on Bring a Trailer in Fall 2022. She was originally brought to the U.S. in 1990 with only 4K miles, by Jamie Kitman, now an internationally-regarded automotive journalist (contributor to R&T, GQ, NY Times, Vanity Fair and England’s The Road Rat,). At the time he was managing the band They Might Be Giants and they were touring through England. He drove her around NYC for about 15 years. She had a couple more owners that took good care and when he got her she had about 23K miles.

She spent the last summer on jacks where Alexander restored the brakes and replaced the shocks.

What makes this model different from the civilian versions at the time are the NATO plugs on the rear and some other modifications. There other MoD variants such as for mounted artillery and radio.

Alexander assures us that driving a right-hand drive vehicle on the right side of the road in the States is easier than you might think. Shifter is on the left but the pedal order is exactly the same.

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