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JUE 477 - The world’s first production Land-Rover (history and restoration)

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Original price £ 30.00 GBP - Original price £ 45.00 GBP
Original price
£ 30.00 GBP
£ 30.00 GBP - £ 45.00 GBP
Current price £ 30.00 GBP

JUE 477 - The remarkable history and restoration of the world’s first production Land-Rover

Two editions - Standard Edition (£30) & the Special Launch Edition (£45), signed by author, Martin Port and chief restorer, Julian Shoolheifer, which is limited to 1000 copies. Please click on the drop-down to make your selection.

JUE 477 has been awarded the inaugural trophy for Best Publication with a Land Rover theme at The National Land Rover Awards at the Land Rover Legends event, Thruxton Race Circuit 12-13 June, 2021.

This is the second time that the book has been recognised after it was named Octane magazine’s Book of the Month (December 2020 issue).

National Land Rover Awards 2021

Revealed to the world in 1948, the Land-Rover not only revived the Rover Company’s fortunes in an austerity-riddled post-war period, but galvanised its future thanks to the model’s almost immediate success. With the manufacture of an initial 48 ‘pre-production’ examples coming to a close, the first official production models were assembled – starting with chassis 860001. As original factory records prove, this pivotal vehicle was destined for His Royal Highness King George VI, but the decision was made to postpone the presentation and instead, ‘number one’ was retained by the factory until 1950 when it was registered JUE 477 before leaving Rover Company ownership. After decades left out in the cold and exposed to the elements, 860001 had certainly seen better days, but thanks to the determination of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and Chairman of INEOS, the future of JUE 477 was secured. Over the next two years, a dedicated team of experts, led by chief restorer, Julian Shoolheifer set about restoring the vehicle while retaining as much of its original DNA as was physically, and safely, possible and crucially, making sure that this remarkable vehicle’s history and past life was still worn with pride.

  • Special Launch Edition, signed by author and chief restorer.
  • Dispatched on 19 July 1948, 860001 was officially the first production Land-Rover, setting in motion a range of ‘go anywhere’ vehicles that, in one form or another, is still being built over 70 years later.
  • It was originally intended that chassis 860001 would be presented to King George VI but the Land-Rover was instead retained by the factory for next 18 months.
  • 860001, later registered JUE 477, spent the majority of its life in the north east of England, working on farms and mining sites in Northumberland until it was bought for just £15 by David Fairless, a farmer and miner.
  • JUE 477 made a brief appearance at Land-Rover’s 50th anniversary at Shugborough Hall in 1998, after which it was hidden away in a tumbledown stone-built barn for a further 19 years.
  • In 2017, the first production Land-Rover was rescued from the barn and the process of recording and documenting many of its unique features began.
  • Over the ensuing 18-months, 860001 was painstakingly restored with the emphasis on retaining its patina and re-using as much of its original material and as many component parts as possible – something that many said couldn’t be done.

By Martin Port



ISBN 978-1-907085-78-9

280 x 240mm, jacketed hardback, 128 pages

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JUE 477

Never received it.

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Tax out of Uk

The book, tekst and pictures are beautiful! The shipment was quick, however I got a €25 tax over the book, sending it to the Netherlands….irritating.

Richard H.
New Zealand New Zealand
I recommend this product

Excellent story and pictures, succeeded in re-energising the restoration of my old Landie.

kevin m.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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JUE 477 - The world’s first production Land-Rover

Interesting read but would have liked to see more details of the restoration.

Robert H.
Australia Australia
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The first Landrover book .

Very good ,thank you for your prompt service .