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 2-door Range Rover in Bahama Gold (GCA 235) was built by Land Rover in 1974 and became Bernard Jackman’s own personal Range Rover in 1975 that was kept by him until a Mr. Roy William Fazakarley purchased the car directly from Mr. Jackman in 1981. It has remained in Mr. Fazakarleys’ ownership for the last 34 years. A letter written by Mr. Fazakarley authenticates this fantastic low ownership history. With 85,100 original miles, and in very original condition, this car is now ready for its next custodian to enjoy as it is in this original condition, or to carefully restore back to its former glory. Offered with a sensible reserve.