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Land Rover visits remote Himalayan village reliant upon its cars

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Community in West Bengal uses a fleet of classic motors for its survival

The community is reliant upon the classic Land Rovers to get around

Land Rover has visited a remote village in West Bengal that uses a fleet of its classic models for daily transportation.

Maneybhanjang in India, has become so renowned for its usage of the classic off-roader that it has become known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’.

The village’s fleet dates back as far as 1957.

A 31km journey to Sandakphu often undertaken by residents features tough gradients, rocky paths and poor weather. In most other vehicles the route in impassable, however the town’s fleet of Land Rovers manage to complete it on a close to daily basis.

The hilltop village sits at an altitude of 3,636 metres, and overlooks the Himalayas.

Land Rover is celebrating 70 years since the original car made its debut at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.

The company has been marking the year with a series of event, parades and restorations – back in January it commenced the restoration of one of three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 show. After 20 years left languishing in Wales, it spent some time left unfinished in a garden. It was then discovered in its location just outside Solihull, following which the team at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent several months researching its history before commencing the restoration.

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