In 1948, the British company Rover was presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show with a vehicle that would go down in history: the Land Rover Series I. Only 48 pre-production units of that model were manufactured. One of them, the oldest known Land Rover, has just appeared in a garden.
Experts in restoration of the company itself have confirmed the finding and announced that the vehicle will be restored to its original glory to celebrate precisely the 70th anniversary of its manufacture.
The company had been trying to locate some of these original models for some time. Interestingly, they found it rotting outside in a particular area of Solihull, a small British town near Birmingham and a few kilometers from the factory where the prototypes came from. By 1955, the pre-production vehicle was sold and spent about a decade on the road. Towards the end of the 60’s, it was abandoned in a field in Gles where a mechanical fan found and acquired it to restore it.
The restoration project never came to fruition, and the SUV spent the days in Solihull’s garden until today. Judging from the photos, the Land Rover engineers are going to have a long work ahead of them.