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HUE 222

The story of finding a very rare Land Rover.

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Back in 1948 there were fifteen Series 1's given a HUE number plate and of those only two have survived.  HUE 166 is of course the most famous and is owned by the British Motor Museum.  The other remaining one is HUE 222 which is part of our collection in Banbury.

HUE 222 was made on 17th Dec 1948 and was purchased by Mr PF Lloyd in Kenilworth on January 15th 1949. It was not seen again until 55 years later where it was found in Florence, Italy. In a remarkable story it was in 2004 when the unique number plate was spotted by a British tourist from the walls of the Bobili Gardens. It was sitting abandoned under a tree and even housed a wasps nest! It took many years to persuade the owner to sell it and finally thanks to Paulo Turnietti the car was purchased in 2010 and was restored to its former glory.

Denys Shortt purchased the car in July 2019 and further restored it with ACHSV to its current perfect condition.

- Constructed December 17th 1948 and delivered to Midland Autocar, Leamington Spa Dec 20th 1948. Sold in Jan 15th 1949 to first owner Mr PF Lloyd of Kenilworth.

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