The world’s first ever production Land-Rover, JUE 477, is the special guest at Beaulieu’s Simply Land Rover Event on Sunday 11th July 2021. We find out more on the Land Rover and the event.
Classic car enthusiasts not to say Land Rover specialists will tripping over themselves to catch a glimpse of this 4x4 VIP. We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say this Landie, is probably seen as the Godfather of Land Rover because from this very first production vehicle, millions were built. Many are now classic Land Rovers in their own right.
JUE 477 was originally intended for His Majesty King George VI. However, after it was unveiled it somehow got diverted to the Rover Company factory HQ instead. That was in the Summer of 1948. Years later JUE 477 found its way to a Northumberland farmer, who used it for many years on the areas rough, rugged moorland. In 1998 the Land Rover was discovered where the Northumberland farmer had discarded it, in a field, open to the elements, buried, axle-deep. The new owner promptly dragged it out, but If the little loved Landie thought it was in for some pampering, it was to have a shock. The new owner simply parked it up in a cow shed. That is where it lay until 2017, where the Chairman of INEOS, Sir Jim Ratcliffe stumbled across it.
Once Sir Jim realised what a jewel he had unearthed there was only one thing on his mind, a full monty resto. The rest is history as they say and the finished article is simply stunning.
JUE 477 will be in good company alongside the National Motor Museum’s own 1948 pre-production Land Rover. The fourth of a batch of pilot vehicles built before production started and known as ‘R04’, it’s one of the oldest surviving Land Rovers in the world.
Every period of Land Rover’s long and proud history will be on show, Series I, II and III models from the early years will be well-represented, along with the immortal Defender. Variations on the popular Disco as well as the iconic Range Rover, from its 1970s beginnings, up to the Sport, Velar and Evoque of today. We’re not sure we’ll be spending too much time drooling over that last category, but there’s a classic car for everyone isn’t there.
Let us know if you’re going along.
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