JLR Classic to restore recently discovered 1948 Land Rover launch car

Land Rover to restore original discovered 1948 Land Rover launch car

Recently discovered original Land Rover will be lovingly restored by JLR’s restoration department

One of the three original launch cars of the 1948 Land Rover has been discovered, and will be restored this year in celebration of the brand’s seventieth birthday.

The car went missing for a large portion of its history, sitting forgotten in a field in Wales for two decades, before a subsequent owner bought it to restore, only for it to end up in much the same situation again, just a few miles from where it was first built in Solihull. The car’s previous owners are being invited to the Classic Works facility in Solihull to watch its restoration.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic, JLR’s division in charge of restoring heritage cars from the sister brands’ histories, will be completing the restoration to a driveable standard, and has been responsible for numerous high-profile restorations across the division’s short history. 

The restoration is being carried out in time for Land Rover’s seventieth birthday, celebrations of which culminate in the reveal of the next Defender towards the end of the year, in time for a 2019 sales launch. It’ll be two years since the previous defender, which had a production run of 67 years, last rolled off the production line

The JLR Classic team has previously carried out restorations on Series I Land Rovers, with a run of 25 fetching between £60,000 and £80,000 when restored as one of the division’s first projects. 

It’s likely that the restoration will pump the value of the car up far beyond this, but as a near-priceless example, with one-of-three status as a 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show car, it won’t be sold. 

JLR Classic director, Tim Hannig, said: “This Land Rover is an irreplaceable piece of world automotive history and is as historically important as ‘Huey’, the first pre- production Land Rover. Beginning its sympathetic restoration here at Classic Works, where we can ensure it’s put back together precisely as it’s meant to be, is a fitting way to start Land Rover’s 70th anniversary year.”

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Source: Autocar Online

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