Land Rover has an­nounced a new her­itage restora­tion pro­gramme.

Soli­hull gets se­ri­ous about Se­ries Land Rovers af­ter De­fender’s demise

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While the fi­nal Land Rover De­fender has left the pro­duc­tion line at Soli­hull (see

CCW, 3 Fe­bru­ary), this is not the end of the lo­ca­tion’s con­nec­tion with clas­sic ve­hi­cles.

Land Rover has an­nounced a new Her­itage Restora­tion Pro­gramme to be based on the ex­ist­ing Soli­hull pro­duc­tion line.

A team of 12 Land Rover ex­perts, in­clud­ing 10 from the ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tion line, will lead the pro­ject, that will ini­tially see the restora­tion and sale of early Se­ries ve­hi­cles. The team has 172 years of ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them of work­ing on De­fender and Land Rover pro­duc­tion and one of them, Tony Martin, has been em­ployed at Soli­hull all of his work­ing life. He fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his father and grand­fa­ther to work there and could find him­self restor­ing some of the Land Rovers his grand­fa­ther helped to build.

‘Land Rover Her­itage will be of­fer­ing cars, ser­vices, parts and ex­pe­ri­ences for all own­ers and fans around the world,’ said Land Rover’s Her­itage Di­rec­tor Tim Han­nig. ‘Our new restora­tion ser­vice and the sale of ex­pertly re­stored Se­ries I ve­hi­cles is just the start of mak­ing sure that clas­sic Land Rovers are not only part of the past but part of the fu­ture too.’

The Se­ries Land Rovers for restora­tion have been sourced from around the world and the first ve­hi­cles will go on sale in July.

Back to the fu­ture for Land Rover; the orig­i­nal Soli­hull line will now be restor­ing clas­sic Se­ries I mod­els.

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