Following its reveal in February at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, the new owner of the first production Land-Rover – chassis 860001 – has now been confirmed.
INEOS Automotive, established in 2016 with the aim of offering a fresh perspective on the 4x4 industry, is the latest custodian of JUE 477 – the first vehicle to roll off the Solihull production line back on this very day in 1948 (27 July), and the one that subsequently began a 70-year history of Land-Rover manufacture.
Yasin Ali, Group Company Secretary at INEOS, was delighted to confirm the acquisition: “JUE 477 is a remarkable example and holds a special place in automotive history. We now have the opportunity to ensure that the vehicle is preserved for future generations to enjoy and that its past is documented.”
There is of course no denying that putting this particular Series One back on the road will be a lengthy process, but the project’s Chief Restorer, Julian Shoolheifer, is in no doubt that not only will JUE 477 drive once again, but that it will do so retaining an impressive amount of original content.