Historic Land Rover Found After Hiding for Decades

One of the first Land Rover vehicles produced from the assembly line has been hiding for decades until the past year where it was uncovered.

The rare Land Rover is one of three preproduction models first introduced to the public in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. After touring for brand publicity in the late 1940s, the vehicle managed to stay out of the public eye for quite some time.

What happened to the historic Land Rover model? After being sold to a private individual, it was kept on a Welsh farm. It sat for many years before being purchased for a restoration project, which didn’t end up going very far, so it ended up resting in a garden for decades.

The Land Rover was located in 2016, not far from the manufacturing plant where it was built in Solihull.  

The vehicle was mostly intact and Land Rover’s Classic Works team put time into preserving the historical gem instead of completely restoring it. They wanted to leave it closest to its natural state instead of polishing the artifact to look brand new.

As an important part of Land Rover’s history and automotive history in general, the preproduction Rover is irreplaceable. The Classic Works team is putting the model through a careful restoration process just in time for Land Rover’s 70th-anniversary celebration.

If you think about what was happening 70 years ago, it is fascinating to imagine when the world first glimpsed at the unique body style that is now immediately distinguished as a Land Rover. The launch at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show was a memorable time for the brand, only to be recognized again after the vehicle was located in a garden.

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