Land Rover Employee Reunited with Series 1 Land Rover After 70 Years

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Series 1 Land Rover

Land Rover worker Dorothy Peters enjoys nostalgic ride in Series 1 she was photographed with decades ago.

As a teenager in post-war Britain, Dorothy Peters joined the car company Rover. In a video recently released by Land Rover Germany, Peters explains, “I think it was July 1946, and it was of course called Rover then. We hadn’t heard of Land Rover….So my mother came with me to the factory to see what jobs there are. I was 15 and I had little white socks on and sandals.”

Two years later, she had joined the service department at Land Rover’s Solihull plant, and Land Rover debuted its first model at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Since then, Peters has treasured a photo taken of her with Land Rover number 16 before they went on sale. For the following decades, she wondered what it would be like to be driven in it.

Land Rover History in 1946

The current owner of Land Rover number 16, Mike Bishop, works for the company’s classic division and was giving a presentation for the 70th anniversary when, as he describes it, “A very charming lady comes up to me and said: ‘Oh, I’ve got some old photos from back in the day.” That charming lady was Peters. She showed him the photos and he said to her, “You know who owns that Land Rover don’t you?” She didn’t, so he told her, “I do.”

Land Rover History in 1946

Bishop then went out of his way not just to reunite Peters with the Land Rover that she had formed an attachment to while working with it, but to take her out in the Series 1 and round the Land Rover off-road proving ground, dubbed the Jungle Track. Something she had always wanted to experience.

Series 1 Land Rover

Amazingly, Peters had never driven in a Land Rover before, and it’s an utter delight to see how much she enjoys the experience. It’s also very touching to see what it means to her and her granddaughters that, now at age 87, she finally got a chance to have her dream come true.

Check out the video of Peters’ amazing story.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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