In the old days – 1950s/60s/70s — the Jeep-like Land Rover was a multi-purpose vehicle much favoured by the government agencies.
Notably, it was almost always associated with the mata-mata (policemen), though the Department of Information, Fire Brigade, Health Department, and the Army also deployed substantial numbers of these “MPVs”.
The vehicle, with its 4WD, and high chassis was capable of taking on off-road terrain, flood-deluged mud tracks and shallow rivers. It could even be equipped with a winch to haul itself out of miry bogs. Well, passenger comfort was not outstanding in anyway. But it could carry a wide variety of payloads.
Over the years, many improvements and upgraded variants have been made. Competition also came from the likes of the Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Landcruiser, but none has attained the legendary status of the Land Rover.