Sixty-five years ago this month, the very first Land Rover saw the light of day, and the brand threw itself a birthday party of sorts.

The historic Packington Estates near Land Rover’s Solihull HQ in the UK, site of the original testing ground for Land Rover prototypes, hosted 150 of the vehicles from all stages of the seminal SUV’s development, ranging from the first model to the latest Range Rover.

HUE 166, the very first Series I Land Rover, affectionately known by many as “Huey,” was the center of attention.


A “HUE”-themed birthday cake was flown in by special delivery in a Lynx helicopter by a member of the “Black Cats” Royal Navy display team.

Heritage, emergency service, military, expedition, royal and concept Land Rovers took their place alongside the current model lineup at the landmark event.

It’s too bad Winston Churchill and Bob Marley couldn’t attend…