Legendary singer Bob Marley would have been 70 years old in 2015 and to celebrate the event, holiday company Sandals Resorts decided to restore Marley’s matt blue 1977 Land Rover.
The Series 3 Land Rover has doing duty as ‘gate guardian” at the Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, at the site of the singer’s former home.
The Land Rover had been standing neglected ever since Marley died in 1981 and it’s understood that, being a country lad from a rural area, he really enjoyed the Land Rover.
Sandals commissioned local firm ATL Automotive to carry out the two-year project – nicknamed the ‘rasta-ration’ – with a new interior designed by Marley’s daughter, fashion designer Cedella Marley.
“When we first saw the vehicle it was in complete disrepair, we stripped it and we rebuilt it from the chassis up,” said Stephen James, a mechanic at ATL Automotive.
“Finding parts for a vehicle this age is tricky. We used a supplier in the US, Rovers North, and they found us 80% of what we needed. There was no engine in the vehicle, so the power plant came from an import to the US that had originally been in Ethiopia. It seems appropriate that for Bob’s truck the heart of the vehicle was from the motherland.”