Rare and historic Land Rover stolen from Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 11:42 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 20 November 2018

The extremely rare Land Rover stolen near Saffron Walden last night.

The extremely rare Land Rover stolen near Saffron Walden last night.

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The devastated owner of an extremely rare and "massively historic" Land Rover which was stolen last night near Saffron Walden has urged people to be on the lookout for it.

Julian Shoolheifer, who runs a classic and vintage car business in Saffron Walden, realised the Land Rover had been stolen this morning.

“This Land Rover is possibly the only one in the world with the original paintwork - it’s the earliest surviving series two with the original trim, paintwork and every mechanical part,” Julian said. “It’s a museum-quality vehicle.”

This Land Rover is Julian’s most valuable and historic car and he is urging whoever stole it to return it.

“I’m 48-years-old and I’ve never had anything stolen from me,” Julian said. “I feel hollow - I’ve been collecting early Land Rovers since I was 13-years-old. This is the best most original Land Rover I’ve ever owned and I’m just devastated. I need to get it back, it’s not about the money. It’s a vehicle that’s so original that people all over the world ask me for the details so they can get their vehicle restoration exactly the same.

“A distinguishing feature is on the back of it is a power take-off unit – a big piece of machinery that sits on the back, bolted to the vehicle. It’s been on there since 1958.

“If anybody tries to break it up for parts, I know the identity numbers for every bit of the car and every scratch and scrape on the car. It’s unsellable in the UK because it’s so well-known.

“My biggest fear is that somebody panics about what they’ve found and they burn it out. I want it back, I don’t care who or what did it. Put it somewhere where I can go and collect it. Do not burn it out.”

If you see the vehicle, call Essex Police on 101.

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