Land Rover 1948 show car to be restored after being 'missing' for 63 years

The pre-production Land Rover awaiting restoration at Jaguar Land Rover Classic's works Credit: Nick Dimbleby

To mark its 70th anniversary this year, Land Rover is beginning 2018 by restoring one of the three pre-production Land Rovers that had been shown at the model’s launch at the 1948 Amsterdam motor show – a car that had been missing for 63 years before being rediscovered recently.

The company describes it as the world’s most historically significant unrestored Land Rover.

The demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam show was registered in 1955 and was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field as a static power source before being bought as a restoration project; it then languished in a garden.

It was discovered not far from Solihull, where it was built in 1948 and the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent months researching in company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance. 

The team behind the successful Land Rover Series...

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