Top 10: Classic AA Vehicles

In 1905 the AA was established to 'combat police persecution of early motorists'. It began with a group of cycle 'scouts' who patrolled some of the most frequently travelled roads of the day. Early AA cycle scouts used their own bicycles, for which they were paid an allowance.

In 1912 the AA took to motor transport with motorcycles, initially for Inspectors. Motorbikes with sidecars became standard issue for AA patrols and it wasn't intil 1949 that the association moved to four-wheels with the Land Rover becoming one of its first vehicles.

Motorcycle combinations were phased out in 1968 and the AA moved to vans with the Minivan its most recognisable vehicle. Since then it has used a host of makes and models as the basis for patrol and recovery vehicles. So here are some classic AA motors.

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1948 Land Rover Series One

The Land Rover was one of the first four-wheel vehicles the AA had on its fleet. Initially designed for night breakdowns in London, they were eventually used across the UK and proved extremely good in remote areas like the Scottish Highlands.

They could tow, had bulky two-way radios and carried water, fuel and a battery for jump starting stranded motorists. The bright yellow paintwork contrasted with the black front wings but this has no practical purpose, it was merely a design to copy that of AA motorcycles which had black mudguards.

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   on 29 January 2017

I have a Series 2a Landrover. Did the AA modify the 109 pickup with an unit on top of the tub?

Kevin

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