In late 1963 Rover’s director and general manager, A.B. Smith, asked Bernard Jackman to come and talk about ‘breaks’. Wondering slightly about the spelling, Jackman drove to Solihull, and was offered the job of Rover production director. “From that moment on, I’ve been Rover hook, line and sinker. At least until the last two years when I’ve had to get used to being Rover-Triumph and not just Rover.” He then went on to become Managing Director.
Bernard Jackman was responsible for putting the V8 engine into production.“It was one of the smoothest jobs we ever had, for it was a brilliantly designed engine from a manufacturing point of view. Its assembly costs are much less than for the four cylinder engine, and its material costs are not very much more.”
The Range Rover Classic is a 4×4 luxury SUV built by British car maker Land Rover from 1970 to 1996. It was available only in a 2-door body style until 1981, after which a 4 door became available. It was the first generation of vehicles produced under the Range Rover name. For most of its history it was known simply as the “Range Rover”; Land Rover coined the term “Range Rover Classic” for the brief period the model was built alongside its P38A successor, and applied the name retroactively to all first-generation Range Rovers.
This wonderful iconic example is presented in traditional Lincoln Green with beige and palomino interior. The car has undergone a full body off restoration, including genuine Land Rover old stock rear quarter panels and front wings. It has been restored to a very high standard, as close as possible to the original Range Rover specification. Its V8 3528 litre engine still pulls very well with that unmistakable V8 growl as it accelerates. These were built to be practical farm vehicles combining luxury also, which back in the 1970s was a revelation. This is no exception and is used regularly by the present owner. It also comes with its original owner’s manual and sales brochure. A great opportunity to buy into one of the best of British 4X4 ever made and still revered the world over.