The Range Rover was greeted enthusiastically by both press and public on its arrival in 1970, offering comfortable cruising at 90mph and a greater off-road capability than most of its customers would ever need. The fact that the original lasted in production for an amazing 24 years before being replaced in 1994 only serves to illustrate the soundness of the original concept. Indeed, the ‘old’ Range Rover – evocatively renamed Range Rover Classic – did not disappear immediately but continued to be built for another year alongside the new version.
Determined to ensure the Spain’s stability after his death, the dictator Franco, then head of state, designated an apparently pliant Prince Juan Carlos his successor in 1969. The young prince was carefully groomed for his new role and started public life in earnest, making official trips at home and abroad. On November 22, 1975, two days after Franco’s death, the 37-year-old prince was proclaimed the King of Spain.
This 1973 Range Rover Cabriolet was commissioned by Juan Carlos and used by him during the 1970’s. The interior was trimmed in sumptuous leather, with very comfortable leather seats to the front and rear, and the dashboard was transformed in the usual Wood & Pickett fashion.
Outside was fitted an “H”-shaped grille of horizontal bars, which gave the front end a more stream-lined appearance and on each corner, the famous Wolfrace wheels were added, now with new BF Goodrich tyres.
The Range Rover was restored in 2005 and is now presented in excellent condition; the electric roof functions extremely well, the V8 motor is silky smooth, as is the automatic transmission. Supplied with photographic record of restoration, the Range Rover really drives and looks as good as new, finished in bronze metallic with a tan leather interior.
Offered from a Dutch Land Rover collection, this is a fantastically fun and classic car, with prominent former ownership. A wonderful prospect!