But even among barn finds, one almost never finds the very first example of its kind, let alone one as significant as this: the first Land Rover ever, according to Land Rover itself, which the artisans and engineers at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are commencing to restore as part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary activities in 2018.
According to Land Rover, the rusty old truck (named Huey, allegedly) was one of three Land Rover prototypes that were shown at the 1948 Amsterdam auto show, and it had been missing for more than 60 years before being found in 2016 in some chap’s garden just a few miles away from the Solihull, England, location where it was built all those decades ago.
Once Huey came to Land Rover’s attention, the company’s historians set about unearthing its past, though one look would suggest that it has spent a lot of time outdoors.
According to the timeline Land Rover produced about this vehicle, most of its time seems to have been spent in the United Kingdom, much of it sedentary, apparently being used in Wales as a “static power source” from 1968 until the engine seized 20 years later.
Incidentally, previous owners have been invited to the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works “to share their experiences and to witness its loving restoration.” If you would like to check in on its loving restoration, too, it will be well documented on Land Rover’s Instagram (@LandRover).