Land Rover Series 1 88″

This year is the 75th Anniversary of the launch of the Land Rover – launch date 3th April 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.

Vehicles with the registration plate SXF were issued to the Civil Defence.

1958 (May) – First registered 12th May 1958 to the Civil Defence where it served until 1968. Thought to be used as part of Field Cable Party team or Reconnaissance.

1968  bought by Keith Horner of York for £300. Keith fitted a hardtop and safari rear door which he bought from a scarp yard outside York – £10 for the top and £1 for the door.

1978 (January)  sold by Keith to Ian Lewis of Thirlby, Thirsk

1988 (April)  sold to Robin Walton of Acomb, York

1988 (November)  sold to Michael Jennings, Knareborough

1990 (April)  sold to Simon Whitaker, Baildon  now in Giggleswick

1990  1998  full body off restoration by Jake Wright Ltd in Burley in Wharfedale. New galvanised chassis, springs, front wings, tailgate etc  returning the vehicle to how it was in 1958  cost circa £10k + vehicle

1998 (May)  SXF 732 gets MOT and is back on the road.

1998 (June)  First trip out to the Land Rover Series 1 Club Rally at Shugborough celebrating Land Rovers 50th Birthday. Winner of the best 88

The Shugborough meet in 1998 was first time JUE 477 the worlds first production Land Rover 860001 (registered 19th July 1948) was displayed by David Fairless a farmer from Hexham who bought it for just £15 in 1970. Fairless used the Land Rover on his farm but at some point parked it in a field next to a stone wall due to mechanical issues. There it sat for many years. JUE 477 was eventually purchased by Sir Jim Ratcliffe founder of INEOS and Grenadier and it went on to have a Patina™ restoration by Julian Shoolheifer.

SXF 732



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