(PICS + VIDEO) Bob Marley’s old Land Rover Restored for 70th Birthday
Mission accomplished! Thanks to ATL motors Bob Marley‘s old Land Rover has been restored just in time for his recently 70th birthday celebration.
Bob’s matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover, which was left sitting to rust following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored thanks to the Caribbean’s number one resort company Sandals Resorts International, ATL Automotive, ITC — the regional distributors for Land Rover as well as the Marley Family.
Chief Executive Officer for Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, said that he was extremely honored and proud that he and his team could give something back to a man who had given so much, not just to theJamaica, but the world.
“Bob really raised the profile of our nation, and we felt the greatest gift we could give to him was to restore his original Land Rover to its former glory. Marley’s Land Rover is one of the most famous vehicles in automotive history and we were delighted when the opportunity arose to be a part of its restoration. For us, it has been an unbelievable privilege working with the entire Marley family and to reunite them with the same vehicle they rode around in as children is something we were only too pleased to do,” said Stewart.
Stewart also added that whilst the ATL team handled all the muscle work, it was the contribution of Marley’s first-born daughter and internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Cedella, that gave the project its final authenticity.
“We stripped the vehicle down to its shell, rebuilding it piece by piece, but it was Cedella who gave it the Marley touch, designing and upholstering the interior in a modern Rasta aesthetic, a fashion we’re sure her dad would absolutely love,” said Stewart.
Cedella shared her honour in being involved in the restoration project citing it was the perfect gift for her dad’s birthday: “In this 70th year, the Defender’s return to its home is in perfect timing as we celebrate all aspects of our father Bob Marley on his birthday today. The Marley family thanks ATL, ITC and Sandals for this labour of love. I would also like to thank Bali and Rohan for their vision, which is now a reality,” she said.