Meet Truman … 30A’s Official Mascot!

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“BEFORE”

Truman is a classic 1986 Land Rover 90, and now he’s our official 30A mascot.

Truman was first put into service on August 29, 1986 (Registration ID: 61KF77), and the last unit he served was the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, an armored regiment of the British Territorial Army. Our overseas friends found him abandoned on a military lot, so we bought him in August 2012 and immediately began our restoration project.

Truman’s body was in good shape, and under the hood, he has a 200 Tdi (Turbocharged Direct Injection) diesel engine. Almost all of the restoration work was done overseas, and we asked our 250,000+ 30A fans for input and help throughout the entire process, including what color we should paint it (we opted for Light Stone, one of the British Ministry of Defense’s official colors).

We incorporated many of your suggestions, including adding a 12,000-lb plasma rope winch, a rear-mounted British MOD water can, a snorkel, a tone-on-tone 30A logo painted on each door, new seats and more. We even let 30A fans choose its name … and they voted for “Truman,” after our community’s most famous — if fictional — resident. After much nervous anticipation (and bureaucratic paperwork), our Land Rover 90 eventually cleared U.S. Customs in Jacksonville. Then on March 29, 2013 — after 8 long months of work and waiting — Truman finally rolled into Santa Rosa Beach, where he’ll live out the rest of his days basking in our Florida sunshine.

Truman was featured in the July 2013 issue of Land Rover Owner International magazine. “We can’t think of a better place to go ‘topless’ in a Defender — what a stunning location.” ~ Editor’s Choice 1st Prize

L.A. Photographer Sean Murphy also captured these beautiful photos of Truman.

BritPart featured Truman in their 2014 Land Rover Calendar… He’s September. =)

Truman is featured in VIE Magazine’s annual Men’s Issue (Feb 2014).

Truman is featured in the Winter 2014 Issue of Rovers Magazine.

Truman is featured in the September 2014 issue of France’s Land Mag

Check out these photos of Truman’s transformation from a military workhorse into semi-retired ‘Sand Rover’:

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Truman leaves Great Britain:

…and arrives in the U.S.A.:

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