Land Rover 4x4 Discovered 63 Years After It Disappeared

Land Rover 4x4 Discovered 63 Years After It Disappeared”

This 1948 Land Rover was the first of the pre-production run that promoted the launch of the now-iconic Series I. This specific example, shown at the Amsterdam Motor Show that same year, went missing in the 1950s before resurfacing in 2016 when spotted in a garden in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating 2018 as its 70th anniversary and has announced to honor the event with the restoration, which the Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, Mr. Tim Hannig has explained as "sympathetic restoration" of the vehicle.

"Following its surprise discovery just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK - where the vehicle was first built - the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works spent months researching in company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance." the company added.

The whereabouts of this particular pre-production Land Rover have been a mystery for over half a century. JLR Classic acknowledges this will be its most challenging restoration project to date. Interestingly, Land Rover's long-lost show auto was discovered just a few miles from Solihull, the plant where it was built, along with another 67 years' worth of Series and Defender vehicles. The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team spent a good part of a year digging through company archives to confirm the origin of the rare pre-production Rover.

Once finished, the Amsterdam Special will join "Huey, ' the first pre-production Land Rover, also on display at the Classic Works" showroom.

"There is something charming about the fact that exactly 70 years ago this vehicle would have been undergoing its final adjustments before being prepared for the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch- where the world first saw the shape that's now immediately recognised as a Land Rover".

The unique features of these early trucks include thicker aluminum alloy body panels, a galvanized chassis and a removable rear tub.

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