In 1947 a man sketched the outline of a car into the sand on a Welsh beach. Two years later that dusty silhouette was transformed into a one ton, tough piece of metal, designed to combat any terrain, that car was the Land Rover Discovery.
It perhaps seems strange to imagine it now, but back in 1989 the market didn’t call for large, stylish, seven seater vehicles that offered both luxurious interiors and incredible cross country capabilities. There are very few vehicles who can claim they broke into the car industry quite so successfully and seamlessly as the Land Rover Discovery.
A quarter of a century later and hundreds upon thousands of people will willingly admit they have fallen in love with the Disco and its many talents – it’s a workhorse, a family car, the farmer’s favourite, a law enforcer and a status symbol.
The Disco captured the hearts and minds of the globe, with over 1 million models sold worldwide, 25 years later the Discovery is still going strong. To celebrate its silver anniversary, Land Rover has unveiled the new Discovery XXV Special addition model of this versatile family SUV.
A Fitting Tribute
The Discovery XXV Special Edition has been coined a ‘fitting tribute’ to its predecessors, equipped with the unbeatable off-roading capabilities we’ve become accustomed to, it also offers the ultimate in sophistication and versatility.
Available in four different colours – Causeway Grey, Santorini Black, Fuji White and Indus Silver, it comes equipped with distinctive badging and 20” five split spoke, alloy wheels. The interior does not disappoint either; lined with Windsor leather it’s complete with the Discovery’s luxurious HSE specification.
As with all Discovery models sold in the UK, the Special Edition has one single engine choice, a 252bhp 3.0 litre SDV6 turbo diesel. With a top speed of 112mph, the VVX will reach 0-60mph in 8.8 seconds and will offer around 35.3mpg.
Celebrating 25 Years of Heritage
As part of the celebrations, Land Rover turned to their customers, asking them to share video moments of their own Discos. Spanning 24 countries, shooting in some of the greatest locations on earth, the video demonstrates the sheer power behind the vehicle as well the experiences owners have shared across the globe, from the sandy dunes of the desert to the boggy fields of the UK.
There’s Always Hope for a Land Rover Discovery
Even for the most hardy car lovers, there’s always something exceptionally sad about seeing an iconic car being scrapped because it’s just too old. However, every notable car has a community built around its foundations and the Land Rover Discovery is no exception. There will always be people desperate to keep those old models alive, whether it’s fuelled by childhood memories of your Dad driving cross country in the family Disco, or you’re, simply a classic car fanatic. With an abundance of Land Rover forums, garages offering restoration projects and Land Rover parts from Tim Fry, there will always be people dedicated to keeping the Land Rover Discovery on our roads.
Here’s to the next 25 years of the Disco.