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Land Rover Series 2A

SAS "Pink Panther" Patrol Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: Early 1960's - Early 1990's
Manufactured by: Chassis: Land Rover; Vehicle Conversion: SAS Regiment Workshops and Marshalls of Cambridge
Crew: 3
Armament: Front (Passenger/Commander): (1) 7.62mm GPMG; Rear: (1) GPMG or (1) M2HB .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun.  Also equipped with M2CG 84mm Carl Gustav man-portable recoilless rifle. The previous weapons package was considered "standard", however variations were common based upon crew preferences and/or mission.
Engine: (4) Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: These Special Air Service (SAS) patrol vehicles followed the Land Rover Series 1 Patrol Vehicles, but were instead based on the proven Land Rover Series 2A long wheel base (109 inch) chassis; although some sources state early vehicles were based on the Series 2.  The initial vehicles (Early 1960's) were developed by SAS and converted in their own workshops. (AKA "Pre-Pinkies").  However, in approximately 1967 standardized conversions were completed by Marshalls of Cambridge.  Although named the "Pink Panther", some vehicles were painted in the traditional green based/camouflage color. In the 1980's the SAS replaced their "Pink Panthers" with the 110 Desert Patrol Vehicles (DPV).
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover Series 2A LWB SAS "Pink Panther" Patrol Vehicle Photos Ian Young - Great Britain

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
SAS Pink Panther Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos Internet Land Rover Club Website
SAS Pink Panther Patrol Vehicle Information and Photos Ex-Military Land Rover Association Website

Printed

Reference Author
"Archives Extra (SAS Pink Panthers in Service)" (July 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young

British Military Land Rovers: Leaf Sprung Land Rovers in British Military Service (Heritage & Sons, Ltd.)

James Taylor & Geoff Fletcher
Combat Land Rovers: Land Rover Monthly Portfolio No. 1 (Brooklands Books) Bob Morrison

Land-Rover 1948-1984: A Collector's Guide, The (Motor Racing Publications Ltd.)

James Taylor

Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing)

Pat Ware
"Military Roverphile: Special Forces Land Rovers"  January 2010 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine James Taylor

Modern Military Land Rovers In Colour: 1971-1994 (Windrow & Greene Automotive)

Bob Morrison & James Taylor
"Pink But Deadly" (November 2015 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Ian Young
"Pinkie Peeks" (November 2015 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Ian Young
"Pink Panther" (July 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young
"Pink Panther: Special Air Service" (April 2006 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) John Ingram
"SAS Land Rovers"  January 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine James Taylor
"SAS Land-Rovers"  (Wheels & Tracks #9)  
SAS Panthers In Detail (Wings & Wheels Publications) Frantisek Koran & Ales Kautsky
Special Forces Vehicles: 1940 to the Present Day (Images of War - Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware
"Tickled Pink" (Build Article of the 1/35 Tamiya Model Kit) (November 2015 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Paul Cawte

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Model Kit(35076) Italeri 1/35 Injection molded plastic.  Older Release.
Desert Rats SAS "Combat Car" Land Rover Model Kit (258) Tamiya 1/35 Injection molded plastic.  Older Release.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover Series IIa/III Goodyear Tyre Set (LRA005) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover Series IIa/III Bridgestone Sand Tyre Set (LRA006) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover "Pink Panther" Accessories Set (T35117) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For Tamiya Kit
Land Rover Series 2/3 Wheel Set (352003) 1/35 Resin; Can be used for any Series 2 or 3 Land Rover Model Kit.
Land Rover Series 2/3 Spare Tire Set (352006) 1/35 Resin. Can be used for any Series 2 or 3 Land Rover Model Kit.
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Detail Set(35164) Eduard 1/35 Photo Etched Set; For Tamiya Kit.
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Detail Set(35754) Eduard 1/35 Photo Etched Set; For Tamiya Kit. Newer Release?
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Detail Set(35788) Eduard 1/35 Photo Etched Set; For Italeri Kit.
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Stowage Set (LF1261) Legends Productions 1/35 Resin; For Tamiya Kit
SAS "Pink Panther" Land Rover Update/Stowage Set (LF1262) Legends Productions 1/35 Resin; For Tamiya Kit
Land Rover Long Wheel Base (Series II/IIA) Workable Leaf Spring Set (VMD35022)   Minor Model 1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For All 1/35 Model Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider