Bob Marley's Land Rover Defender is being restored.
Feb. 18, 2013
-- Land Rover Hoffman Estates (http://www.landroverhoffman.com/
index.htm) has long been one of the Chicagoland area’s top auto dealers, providing off-road capable luxury SUVs from one of the world’s premier automakers. They also pride themselves on presenting the latest Land Rover news, and it’s with that in mind that they’re pleased to announce that Bob Marley’s old Land Rover truck is being restored, thanks to Sandals Resorts International.
Bob Marley drove a 1977 Series III Land Rover Defender, and was often seen driving it around Kingston, Jamaica, transporting the Wailers and their equipment to shows across the country. As such this old Defender is not just a piece of automotive history — it’s a piece of music history. It’s only fitting then, that the restored vehicle (http://www.youtube.com/
B2jo8) will be placed in the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.
Sandals CEO Adam Stewart called it a “tremendous honor” to restore the vehicle, adding that “there are few people in the world who Bob Marley hasn’t inspired through his music at some point, so it is only right we ensure his legacy continues to inspire for many years to come.”
The restoration will be complete; the stated goal is to have the vehicle “perfectly match its original condition.” For starters, all of the vehicle’s body panels will be either replaced or restored, while all of the electrical components will also be rewired and replaced as necessary. An Africa-based military vehicle will supply the new engine. Perhaps the most exciting part of the process is the fact that Cedella Marley, the reggae legend’s first-born daughter and the designer of Jamaica’s Olympic uniforms for the recent London games, is taking a leading role in the project: she’ll be leading the interior reupholstering process.
Julian Marley, son of Bob Marley and a leading reggae singer today, reminisced about riding in the vehicle, and expressed a desire to take the restored vehicle for a test drive.
The staff at Land Rover Hoffman Estes is excited to see the restored Series III Defender. Drivers who want more of the latest Land Rover news, or who want to take a current Land Rover vehicle out for a spin, should visit their dealership (http://www.landroverhoffman.com/dealership/directions.htm
) at 1051 West Higgins Rd in Hoffman Estates, IL.