Herding Cats

Three of the very few surviving Series IIA 109in SAS Pink Panthers tour the shows together, drawing a crowd of admirers wherever they go

Seventy-two Land Rover Series IIA SAS Pink Panthers were built by Marshall’s of Cambridge with the first delivered in October 1968

‘These were little details like fitting an auxiliary ignition only switch prevented the user accidentally operating the lights during black-out driving and bigger ones like a folding pannier attached to the rear for additional stowage’

The Land Rover Series IIA SAS Pink Panther is one very rare vehicle and from a very small initial build number, significantly fewer than half are known to have survived their service days.

When rumours began that three were visiting a few of the British shows in 2019 on the same stand, this wasn’t an opportunity to be missed.

In service, they were first sent out in groups of three in the Oman Dhafor operation, where their distinctive pink livery blended in with the colour of the desert terrain, so a threesome on the show circuit would be as impressive as it was accurate. Touring together, their owners also made discoveries about the vehicles’ radio systems.

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