While scanning the Watchville RSS feed yesterday afternoon, I came across an article on A Collected Man and noticed that its author was Simon de Burton, a writer whose watch stories I’ve enjoyed in the Financial Times for many years. I clicked through and read, deciding pretty quickly that this editorial and its accompanying photographs were well worth sharing in this section of HODINKEE.
The author frames his article by recounting the story of a wonderfully unmolested Land Rover that sat in an English barn for the better part of 50 years. Chassis number 860001 is not just any Land Rover, we learn, but the very first production model to come off the factory line in 1948. And its owner was not just any enthusiast either, but Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe. Working with Julian Shoolheifer (pictured), who specializes in Land Rovers, Ratcliffe has set about the difficult process of restoring the vehicle while preserving every last possible original part and throwing out the absolute minimum of its components.
De Burton continues his story by discussing how this ethos of saving over scrapping has permeated some of the major classic car events around the world and has seen a similar and parallel rise in the vintage watch collecting community.
The writing is great, and the story is interesting. Head over to A Collected Man and check it out for yourself.
Images via linked article.