Land Rover has announced a new heritage restoration programme.
Solihull gets serious about Series Land Rovers after Defender’s demise
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.