There's a global hunt going on for a Series IIA used in a 40,000-mile Asian and African expedition in 1969-1970, last seen by its three owners when they sold it in 1970. In advance of the publication of their book, Three Men in a Land-Rover, there's a global hunt going on for the vehicle that was named "Ten" after its registration plate, TEN 423.
The new book will go on sale in December, and the publisher, Porter Press, is heading up the search for the vehicle as part of the marketing to get ready for publication. The three owners purchased the Land Rover for £400, put the miles on it, and sold it for the same £400 at the end of the trip -- something they were very happy with at the time. Now, years later and with the nostalgia of adventures past, they wish they'd never let it go.
The new owner said he was going to take the vehicle back to India, and that's where any knowledge of it petered out. Whether or not it made it to India is unknown, as is anything about the vehicle's history after the transaction.
There's also not a lot online about the expedition, though hopefully, that will change as we learn more about this book and the three men who undertook the expedition. It was called the Unatrek Expedition, and the three men are Mike Palmer, Waxy Wainwright, and Chris Wall. A Facebook page about the expedition has a large gallery of photos published in 2015. The vehicle was originally used by SEEBOARD, a former South Eastern England power utility.
The book will launch at the Motoring Literary & Art Festival at the Silverstone race circuit, to be held December 2-3, and the ultimate dream is to have Ten there to celebrate.