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Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Thu 24th March 2016

In late 2015 Keith Adams of Modern Classic interviewed Steve Harper in his Studio about this past...

LDV 201 & 202 Design rendering 1988.05

In 1988, Bertone in Italy had started the design for the replacement of the Freight Rover 200 & wider 400 series vans.

Once Leyland DAF vans took control of the company, it was decided that the design should be more coherent with the other vehicles in their product range. 

The projects, called the 201 & the wider 202 models, were assigned to MGA in 1988, to complete a rework of the awkward original designs, and create a new image in line with the DAF family look.

The 2 design clay models were developed, under the guidance of John de Vries the DAF Design Manager and the engineers at LDV, and were presented during the middle of 1988. 

Later Renault became a partner in the project, and then the parameters of the dual width vehicle were re-examined, and revised to a single vehicle type.

Faced with ever increasing cost, rework and delays for the replacement for the ancient 200 & 400 LDV & DAF cancelled the project. 

Renault later developed the design to become the Renault Master, and IAD, who had been engineering the vehicle for LDV, later developed the design for GAZ of Russia, to become the GAZ Gazelle van.

In 2006 GAZ took over LDV. Oh, the twists of the Motor Industry !!