After thirty years gathering dust in Jamaica, Marley’s Series III 109in truck cab had become somewhat weather beaten, and required a full chassis-up rebuild to get it back on the road.
The work started in 2013, and involved the vehicle being stripped to its bare chassis. Some replacement parts had to be hand-made from scratch, and a replacement engine was even sourced from Ethiopia.
Marley’s eldest daughter, designer Cedella Marley, has put her own stamp on the project, with the addition of her own bespoke upholstery.
ATL Automotive, which distributes Land Rovers in Jamaica, carried out the restoration at the request of Sandals Resorts International.
Jamaican-born CEO of Sandals, Adam Stewart, said: ‘Bob really raised the profile of our nation of Jamaica and we felt the greatest gift we could give to him was to restore his original Land Rover to its former glory. Our journey of restoring this vehicle took us to some places where Marley himself had strong ties, making the project even meaningful,’ Stewart said.
The vehicle will now be returned to Marley’s former home in Kingston, Jamaica, which is now a museum. Marley fans can book a ‘Bob Marley and Kingston Highlight’ tour for $145pp here.
Watch a video of the Land Rover ‘restoration’ below.