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ClassicsOriginal 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life

18:40  17 september  2019
18:40  17 september  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Land Rover ’s Classic division will spend a year restoring the priceless 4x4, which has been off the road since the Sixties. It is 1 of 3 Land Rover prototypes built in 1948 for the Amsterdam Motor Show . Timeline: back to life –the original 1948 launch land rover . 1948 Built with LHD and

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Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life
Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life

The car that introduced Land Rover to the world has been brought back to life. The 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show star has been off the road since the 1960s and lost for decades before it was found in 2016. But Land Rover has now treated this historic vehicle to a ‘sympathetic restoration’.

Land Rover was determined to keep the car original, as seen in 1948, with left-hand drive, a prototype brake setup and alternative all-wheel-drive controls.

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It was stripped back to its individual components and each part was restored and reused if possible, to maintain maximum originality.

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Original Land Rover will be brought back to life by JLR’s restoration department. One of the three original launch cars of the 1948 Land Rover has been discovered, and will be However, as a near-priceless example – with one-of-three status as a 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show car – it won't be sold.

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Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Series 1 1948 restoration
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“It was important to strike the right balance when restoring the launch Land Rover,” said Calum McKechnie, head of Land Rover Classic.

“While there was a need to replace some parts, we were keen to keep as much of the original vehicle as possible in order to retain the unique characteristics of this 70-year-old model. The team has done an incredible job and the end result is a testament to the unique expertise and tireless passion of the experts at our Classic Works facility.”

So while the front axle, for example, was found to be in a respectable condition, the rear axle wasn’t so clean. To get a feel for the axle’s condition on the inside, the team X-rayed it. They concluded it was strong enough to be restored and reinstalled, rather than replaced.

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Interestingly, Land Rover 's long-lost show car was discovered just a few miles from Solihull, the plant where it was built, along with another 67 years' worth Land Rover 's experts will not only preserve the prototype's patina and original , light green paint, but also invite previous owners of this truck to share

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Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Series 1 1948 restoration

The ‘organ stop’ controls for the all-wheel-drive system were also saved. It’s a rare setup that was replaced with a simpler system on production cars.

Even more difficult for the technicians was reproducing this prototype’s unique rear brake setup. It had been removed in a previous life, so they used period drawings to recreate it.

On a technical level, this Series 1 has been brought back to its 1948 Motor Show standard. As a ‘show car’, however, it’s been left a little more rough around the edges. Land Rover wanted to maintain a period patina.

Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Land Rover Classic 1948 restoration
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Some new bodywork was required. Alloy panels, as fitted to early prototype Series 1s, were re-manufactured in the 2mm-thick original specification. These were then painted and aged, to match the worn original panels that didn’t need work.

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Overview: introducing the new land rover defender. An icon reimagined for the 21st century. Rebuilt by a team of experts at Land Rover Classic, the ‘missing’ original launch Land Rover demonstration vehicle from the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show returns to the road.

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Technical illustrations helped Land Rover stay true to other quirks. A combination of reference photographs, diagrams and study of other pre-production Series 1s helped the marque recreate this prototype as it was in 1948.

The restored show car debuted on the Land Rover Classic stand at the Goodwood Revival, just days after the long-awaited reveal of the new Defender.

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Original 1948 motor show Land Rover brought back to life© Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Land Rover Classic 1948 restoration

“Bringing this historically important Land Rover back to life was a huge challenge, given its wear, tear and decay from the elements since the 1960s, but also a real pleasure,” said Michael Bishop, Land Rover Classic build engineer.

“Being able to open up our archive and revisit the original Land Rover engineering program from over 70 years ago was a great privilege for the whole team.”

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