Long lost ‘first ever’ Land Rover to be restored

Restoration jobs are tricky at the best of times and can take years of care and hard work; however, the results can be spectacular.

That is exactly what the team at Jaguar Land Rover will be hoping for as they are now beginning to restore what is being described as the ‘first ever’ Land Rover, which was originally unveiled 70 years ago.

The vehicle, named ‘Huey’, has since spent 20 years in the middle of a field in Wales and almost 30 years off the radar, deemed lost. Clearly, this Land Rover will need an awful lot of work to restore it to its glorious best.

Huey is one of the original 48 demonstration models created before the firm began mass-producing the vehicle, and was first showcased at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.

The vehicle has a number of features that are unique to these original models including thicker aluminium alloy body panels and a removable rear tub, all of which make this restoration more complex.

It is expected that the JLR team will spend up to a year restoring the vehicle. Tim Hannig, director at Jaguar Land Rover Classic, recently told the press: “This Land Rover is an irreplaceable piece of world automotive history and is as historically important as ‘Huey’, the first pre-production Land Rover.”

Along with this fascinating restoration, Land Rover is planning lots more interesting projects throughout the year, as they mark its 70th anniversary.

Lost Land Rover’s Timeline:

1948: First built

1955: First registered, with registration SNX 910

1961: Sold to owner in Handsworth, Birmingham

1968: Used as a static power source in a field in Wales

1988: Sold to a new owner in Birmingham

2016: Spotted in a garden, destined for a long-overdue restoration

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