Land Rover’s Restoring This Long-Lost Series I Prototype

Land Rover is at a vital crossroads in its history. Not only is it celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but its core model – the legendary Defender – has been discontinued ahead of the introduction of an completely new model.

Sounds like a good time to us to look back and reflect on how far it’s come, and that’s just what it’s doing with the restoration of this vital early prototype.

One of 48 pre-production prototypes and three displayed upon the vehicle’s debut at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, this Series I model was lost for a long time, but has now been found.

The prototypical off-roader (if one could ever be called that) remained in use through the 1960s, after which it sat for 20 years in a field in Wales before being bought as a fixer-upper project… but that project was never completed. Not until it was discovered, oddly enough, just a few miles outside of Solihull – the same place where it was made seven decades prior, and where Land Rover still produces the Discovery and several Range Rover models.

With the historical records now retrieved, the team at Jaguar Land Rover Classic will now undertake its restoration, which as you can see will take some work. The process will include reworking the thicker aluminum bodywork, galvanized chassis, and removable rear tub that characterized those 48 pre-production prototypes, while preserving to the greatest extent possible the patina it has accrued over the decades.

Photo Gallery

Video

  • Big business for JLR Classic division, after that $80k reborn Land Rover.

  • Bash

    This kind of articles interests me the most, love to read more of its history. some of these icons have better history than say men!

Ares Panther Spyder Confirmed By Company Chief Dany Bahar

Production of both the Coupe and Spyder will be limited to 70 units, with a 12-15 annual rate of construction.

Speedkore’s Carbon-Bodied, 1200 HP Demon Does A Sub-9 Sec 1/4 Mile

The V8’s internals remain stock, but the drivetrain has been enhanced to cope with all that power.

Businessman Wanted To Buy Thousands Of Cruzes To Keep Lordstown Plant Open

Bernie Moreno was going to use the cars he’d purchase to launch a ride-hailing service like Uber and Lyft.

You Can’t Miss DMC’s Lamborghini Aventador LP900-4 Molto Veloce

The German tuner squeezed 888 HP from the Aventador’s V12 without using forced induction.

Nuro’s Driverless Pods To Start Delivering Groceries In Houston This Spring

The program starts with self-driving Priuses, as the unmanned Nuro R1 pods will arrive later this year.

2020 Mercedes GLC Coupe Combines Sportier Styling With More Power

After the regular GLC, it’s time for Mercedes to give the sportier GLC Coupe a subtle makeover .

2020 Nissan Versa Looks To Ditch Its Econobox Image With Sportier Styling

The 2020 Nissan Versa has been spied and it appears to take a few cues from the Altima.

See The 2019 Audi R8 Coupe & Spyder Facelift From Every Angle In Mega Gallery

Audi’s updated R8 features more aggressive design, a slight boost in power and a revised chassis.

2020 Nissan Juke Retains Funky Looks Despite Switch To New Platform

The CMF-B architecture will enable Nissan’s new Juke to offer a hybrid version and a roomier cabin.

John DeLorean’s Insane Story Of Drugs, Cars And Scandal Hits Theaters This Summer

The new film, Framing John DeLorean, stars Alec Baldwin.