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Freight Rover

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Freight Rover produced commercial vehicles from 1981. The company was created as a division of the Land Rover Group of British Leyland (BL) in 1981, creating a new single brand for BL's panel van business.

Under later company organisation changes Freight Rover became part of the Leyland Trucks division of BL.

1982 Freight Rover Sherpa van introduced based on the Leyland Motors model of 1975.[1]

1987 DAF Trucks took a 60 percent controlling share in Leyland Trucks and Freight Rover and became DAF NV, which soon afterwards was floated on the Dutch stock market. The British arm of the new company traded as Leyland DAF, with two main sites in the UK: the truck plant in Leyland and the vans plant in Birmingham.

Following the collapse of DAF NV in 1993 the Birmingham van business was the subject of a management buyout and a new independent van company, LDV Limited, was created.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1982/06/24
  2. Wikipedia

British Lorries 1900-1992 by S. W. Stevens-Stratten. Pub. Ian Allen Publishing