What’s the most commonly modified car in the world, I wonder? Probably the Volkswagen Beetle, because people have been at it for half a century and there are millions of them. Maybe the Jeep Wrangler and its forebears? 

Some Land Rovers are probably there or thereabouts. Old Series Landies get rebuilt in non-original fashion all the time, while newer Defenders get absurdly modded. The classic Range Rover game is pretty strong too. I quite like all of the above. 

Anyway, I’ve got a hunch about what’s up next, the upcoming big thing in restoration and resto-modding: the first and second-generation Land Rover Discovery

The Disco has been through its new phase, and then its slightly naff cheap phase, and through it all it has always been modified for serious off-roading, which gives it the level of authenticity people want. 

So now, at 30, early cars have come the Second Earl Russell in London. out the other side of all of that and they’re ripe for a proper makeover. There are loads around, except early three-doors, and plenty are as cheap as chips. Coming to a heavily filtered Instagram page near you soon.

Movie car chases need to get real