Finding TEN 423 – The Missing Land-Rover

The hunt is on for a very special Land-Rover! The 109in Series IIA, registration TEN 423, was last seen in 1970, having just completed a 40,000-mile journey through 40 countries. This extraordinary adventure took the vehicle’s three owners through Europe, Asia and Africa, and along the way, the trio found themselves being held at gunpoint, being arrested and even ambushed.

Finding TEN 423 - The Missing Land-Rover
Above: Waxy Wainwright, Mike Palmer & Chris Wall with TEN 423 in 1969 before they embarked on their 40,000-mile adventure.

Their epic overland journey is set to be the subject of a new book – and with a high proportion of the two million Land-Rovers ever made still in existence, Porter Press International is hoping to track down TEN 423.


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Three Men in a Land-Rover will be published later this year and is due to be launched at the world’s first Motoring Literary and Art Festival, to be held on 2-3 December at the world-famous Silverstone circuit.

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Above: Chris Wall, Waxy Wainwright & Mike Palmer in 2023

‘As soon as these gentlemen approached me, I knew their story had to be told,’ said publisher Philip Porter. ‘Their Land-Rover became affectionately known as “TEN” and we think it would be amazing if we were able to find this significant part of overlanding history and reunite its once-owners with their trusty steed at the Festival in December.’

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