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

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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.

By Martin Port

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.


ISBN 978-1-907085-78-9

280 x 240mm, jacketed hardback, 128 pages

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Lex R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Old Land Rovers Never Die

A very good quality publication in all respects, many of the photographs are of particular merit.(...and I'm glad I splashed out a bit extra to get the restorer and authors signatures; just a bit more special)

Robin S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Hue 477

Marvellous book documenting the rebuild. Good with quantity photos

Philip J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Fantastic Book and an amazing tribute to Land Rover - highly recommended great quality hard cover book, a lot bigger than expected and great photos

John P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
JUE 477

As a life long landrover enthusiast and owner I love to read anything about my favourite brand. I had to have this publication as I saw it advertised in one the two landrover publications I subscribe to. In this case book review in LRO. I was pleased to have such a speedy delivery. As soon as I opened the book I was impressed with the superb quality and definition of the photos, the story was so riveting, was great to see such a simpthetic and authentic renovation. It's a great addition to my Landrover book library.

Toby S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great book!

To any fan of early Land Rovers, this book is a ‘must read’. A fascinating story, well written and accompanied by excellent photography. Great service from Porter Press too. Thank you to all involved.