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.
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 unusual example has been converted to a 300 TDI engine from a Discovery Series 1. The engine has 150,000 miles on it and comes with new ancillaries including a custom engine loom, clutch, new brake servo and radiator fitted on installation. This has resulted in a classic car which drives like a modern discovery, with power steering and increased fuel economy.