On the 70th anniversary of the debut of the original Land Rover, The Telegraph recently featured Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s industrial-scale restoration works and classic car collection.
It reported that JLR had always maintained a collection of historic cars, but for many years it was run on the proverbial shoestring. However, things began to change after Tata took over JLR from Ford in 2008, and Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works now has two brand new halls on the site of the old Rootes-Talbot-Peugeot factory at Ryton, near Coventry.
Veteran staff and apprentices work together to build brand new 1955 Jaguar XKSS ‘continuation’ cars, using serial numbers earmarked for the original production versions, and rebuild the ‘Reborn’ Land Rover Series 1, from £75,000, Range Rover Classic, from £140,000, and Jaguar E-type Series 1, from £295,000. Two full-time buyers scour the world to buy suitable project cars for restoration and exceptional cars not requiring restoration from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, South America, Asia and India.
The photo is of one of the three original Land Rovers shown on 30 April 1948, which is being restored. You can find more articles and image galleries on Land Rover’s 70th anniversary at telegraph.co.uk/cars.