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 model was delivered new to the Goodwood Estate on 1st May 1971 and is presented in red with beige interior. It comes with a full ownership history, certificate of factory record and has done 63,000 miles from new. The car has been waxoiled and serviced and comes with its owners handbook, dealer brochure, tools and jack.
This is a wonderful useable example of this iconic British 4X4 which created a storm back in the early 1970s when first produced. Arguably, these were the greatest ever produced and favoured among many farmers who doubled their use not only on the farm but as a vehicle to ferry passengers in style and comfort to any evening event or Royal Ascot!