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Land Rover Production by Year

Original Author: Benjamin Smith (bens@fourfold.org)


Over the years the production numbers of the Land-Rover was reported. Since then the acutal build numbers of each model has been reported. This does not always match up. The "Total" column represents the officially reported numbers unless otherwise noted. The "Difference" column is simply the known totals minus the reported total. Either this indicates other unknown models, or that Land Rover made some addition errors in their reports.

Until Sept 1979 the Land-Rover production year was September to August.

Year Total Difference Series I
Prototypes 80" 1.6 Litre 80" 2-litre 86" 88" 107" 109"
1947 2 0 2
(Center Steere)
0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 3,048 0 48
(Pre-Production 80")
3,000 0 0 0 0 0
1949 5,000 33 33
(81")
5,000 0 0 0 0 0
1950 16,085 -86 50
(2-liter 80")
15,949 0 0 0 0 0
1951 17,360 -1,480 0 15,880 0 0 0 0 0
1952 19,591 -876 0 0 18,715 0 0 0 0
1953 18,570 +516 0 0 19,086 0 0 0 0
1954 20,135 -1,235 0 0 0 15,080 0 3,820 0
1955 28,882 +122 0 0 0 20,214 0 8,690 0
1956 28,365 -1,787 0 0 0 14,048 2,276 9,101 1,153
1957 25,775 -452 0 0 0 0 14,275 2,420 8,628
1958 See SII
0 0 0 0 9,393 3,315 6,351


Year Total Difference Series II Series I
(See above)
88" 109""
1958 28,656 +2549 8,411 3,735 19,059
1959 28,371 -1,944 15,621 10,806 0
1960 34,168 +1,798 19,052 16,914 0
1961 35,148 +380 17,373 18,156 0


Exact data for each model by year is not easily available since Rover changed to using chassis numbering systems that span many years. We do know the total that was made from 1962 to 1971 of each type. So a model was used to distribute them based on the reported totals for each year.

Year Total Series IIA
88" 109" CKD 109" FC 109"
6-cyl
109"
1-ton
110" FC
Series IIB
Half-ton
88"
1962 37,139 [1]  13,500 [1]  16,500 [2]    6,600 [1]    100 0 0 0 0
1963 34,304 [1]  12,600 [1]  15,300 [2]    6,100 [1]    914 0 0 0 0
1964 42,569 [1]  15,400 [1]  18,800 [2]    7,600 [1]    915 0 0 0 0
1965 45,790 [1]  16,660 [2]  20,200 [1]    8,200 [1]    914 0 0 0 0
1966 47,941 [1]  17,300 [1]  21,100 [2]    8,600 [1]    350 0 0 0 0
1967 44,191 [1]  16,000 [1]  17,700 [2]    7,900 0 [1]     2,250 0 [1]         314 2
1968 44,928 [1]  15,800 [1]  18,000 [2]    8,000 0 [1]     2,250 [1]    71 [1]         315 512
1969 50,561 [1]  17,830 [1]  20,400 [2]    9,000 0 [1]     2,250 [1]    72 [1]         315 [1]       600
1970 47,538 [1]  16,700 [1]  19,100 [2]    8,500 0 [1]     2,250 [1]    82 [1]         315 [1]       800
1971 56,663 [1]  10,200 [1]  13,000 [2]    5,700 0 [1]     2,250 [1]    83 [1]         315 [1]       900
Totals 451,624 151,813 179,936 [2]  76,200 3,193 11,241 308 [3]      2,305 [3]    2,989


Notes on Series IIA Table
  1. I made a model to split up production over years if no year by year production data for that model is given. For low volume vehicles, an even distribution is assumed. For high volume production the model used was:
      X = total Land Rover production for years 1..N
      x[i] = is total Land Rover production for year i
      Y = total model production for years 1..N
      y[i] = is total model production for year i
      a = additive modification
      So the number of a certain model built in year i would be: y[i]=Y/X*x[y]+a Additive modifications are due to assumtions such as the existence of the SIIA halfton would cause militarys to buy less 88" models because they are buying Halftons...

  2. CKDs (Complete Knock Downs (ie kits for foreign assembly)) are not included in productions figures and have to be assumed. For the years 1962-1970 a straight percentage is used that best fits the model (to make the data best fit overall for those years, so the assumtion is that CKD vehicles were a constant fractions of LR production). Other constant fraction periods should be obvious from the data. This was done to make the data add up since no other unknown models of Land Rover are known.

  3. Production totals based on predictions and weekly production data reported in LRO and LRW magazines.


Year Total Total
Land-
 -Rover
Series III 101" FC Range
Rover
88" 109" US 88" CKD 109"
1-ton
Light-
weight
1971 [1]    59,286 56,663 [2]     9,300 [2]    14,000 30 [3]       6,800 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 0 [4]      2,623
[7]  1972 [1]    57,872 52,445 [2]     8,600 [2]    13,000 1,634 [3]     28,800 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 27 [4]      5,510
1973 [1]    56,263 49,724 [2]     8,100 [2]    12,300 1,439 [3]     27,300 [2]  57 [2]    1,540 10 [4]      6,519
1974 [1]    53,773 45,169 [2]     7,400 [2]    11,200 469 [3]     24,800 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 8 [4]      8,604
1975 [1]    63,179 52,681 [2]     8,600 [2]    13,000 0 [3]     29,000 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 838 [4]    10,516
1976 [1]    60,721 48,514 [2]   18,000 [2]    25,100 0 [3]       3,600 [2]  57 [2]    1,540 902 [4]    12,207
1977 [1]    51,119 41,452 [2]   15,400 [2]    21,500 0 [3]       3,100 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 826 [4]      9,667
1978 [1]    57,412 46,172 [2]   17,100 [2]    23,900 0 [3]       3,500 [2]  56 [2]    1,540 58 [4]    11,240
[5]  1979 [1]    56,672 42,936 [2]   15,900 [2]    22,200 0 [3]       1,300 0 [2]    1,540 0 [4]    11,373
Totals [1]  516,297 435,756 108,413 [6]  156,141 3,572 [3]  128,200 450 12,334 2669 [4]    78,259


Notes on Series III Table
  1. When totals production numbers are not available, all values for the year are summed to get a total
  2. See note [1] from Series IIA on the model used
  3. See note [2] from Series IIA on CKD
  4. When production data is lacking, sales data is used
  5. At the end of 1979 Land Rover changed chassis numbering system from a prefix of 3 numbers and a 5 digit sequence number to the worldwide VIN system, so tallyes by model type are no longer possible.
  6. James Taylor reports this number to be 100,126 but says that he thinks that it is wrong. I assumed that the 88" fugure was correct and extrapolated the 109" number based on the percent of 109" built in 1970.
  7. In 1972 approximately 416 Series IIB Forward Controls and 175 Half tons were built.


  • Land Rover production numbers were based on finanical year. Up to 1975 it ended on 26 Sept., In 1976 it ended on 31 Dec. Years listed are the calendar year in which most of the production fell (e.g. 1960 for the Sept 1959 to 26 Sept 1960 year)
  • An additional 2,363 Series III Land Rovers were built during Nov and Dec of 1979.


End of the Series III and introduction of the 90, 110 and 127

Year Total Total
Land-
 -Rover
Series III 90, 110
& 127
Range
Rover
88" 109" &
Stage I
1980 [1]    43,405 33,697 [2]  14,000 [2]  19,600 0 [3]      9,708
1981 [1]    31,435 20,994 [2]    8,800 [2]  12,200 0 [3]    10,441
1982 [1]    41,639 28,384 [2]  11,900 [2]  16,500 0 [3]    13,255
1983 [1]    34,655 [3]    22,473 [2]    5,800 [2]    9,600 7000 [3]    12,182
1984 [1]    37,447 [3]    25,562 [2]    4,000 0 21,562 [3]    11,885
1985 [1]    44,504 [3]    31,046 [2]    3,000 0 28,046 [3]    13,458
1986 [3]    36,521 19,195 0 0 19,195 [3]    14,718
1987 [1]    40,980 20,475 0 0 20,475 [3]    20,505
1988 [3]    46,700 22,229 0 0 22,229 [3]    24,185
Totals [4]  357,286 [4]  224,325 [4]  47,500 [4]  57,900  118,507 [3]  130,337
Notes
  1. When totals production numbers are not available, all values for the year are summed to get a total
  2. See note [1] from Series IIA on the model used
  3. When production numbers for a model are not known, sales for that year are used.
  4. Total of listed values, some of which are estimates


Land Rover, Defender, Discovery, Range Rover & Freelander

Year Total 90, 110, & 130
Defender
Range Rover Discovery Freelander
Classic (mk II) [1]
1989 55,240 23,437 28,509 0 3,296 0
1990 [3] 68,471 21,210 24,194 0 23,067 0
1991 54,588 18,915 16,412 0 19,261 0
1992 57,062 17,416 15,334 0 24,312 0
1993 67,910 17,482 14,780 0 67,910 0
1994 93,100 22,265 13,667 2,669 54,499 0
1995 127,158 27,600 [2]      4,000 [2]    25,639 69,919 0
1996 126,578 31,724 0 29,815 65,039 0
1997 127,962 36,169 0 30,066 58,352 3,375
Totals 778,069 216,218 [4] 116,894 [4]    88,189 385,655 3,375


Notes from Current Production
  1. Officially Land Rover is calling the new style Range Rover, the "new Range Rover", I'm using the designation of mk II to differentiate from the Range Rover Classic.
  2. Approximation of the split.
  3. Total Production less than 68,621 because that was the record until 1994
  4. Total includes an approximation
Final Notes
  • All data is based on information found in Land Rover Owner Internation (mostly in James Taylor's "Land Rover Story", Land Rover World, James Taylor's Land-Rover 1948-1988, and James Taylor's Range Rover book.

Part III: North American Sales
Part III: Production and Vehicles Dimensions

The Sources for this is as found for the Production Page, and The Rover Reference (newsletter of the Bay State Rover Association of America.
Part III: Land Rover Production (by year)
Part III: Chassis Numbering and VINs
   
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