The remarkable history and restoration of the world’s first production Land-Rover.
- Special launch edition, signed by author and chief restorer.
- Dispatched in on 19 July 1948, 860001 was officially the first production Land-Rover, setting in motion a range of ‘go anywhere’ vehicles that, in one form or another, is still being built over 70 years later.
- It was originally intended that chassis 860001 would be presented to King George VI but the Land-Rover was instead retained by the factory for next 18 months.
- 860001, later registered JUE 477, spent the majority of its life in the north east of England, working on farms and mining sites in Northumberland until it was bought for just £15 by David Fairless, a farmer and miner.
- JUE 477 made a brief appearance at Land-Rover’s 50th anniversary at Shugborough Hall in 1998, after which it was hidden away in a tumbledown stone-built barn for a further 19 years.
- In 2017, the first production Land-Rover was rescued from the barn and the process of recording and documenting many of its unique features began.
- Over the ensuing 18-months, 860001 was painstakingly restored with the emphasis on retaining its patina and re-using as much of its original material and as many component parts as possible – something that many said couldn’t be done.