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.
The example you see here is an early Suffix D version, one of 355 right hand drive examples delivered in 1975, specified with the 130bhp 3.5 litre V8, and finished in Sahara Dust with an Ambla leather cloth interior.
The Range Rover has spent around 15 years in the Netherlands, until being repatriated into the UK, having being refurbished and repainted back to the original shade of Sahara Dust. Additionally we note that the braking system has been improved with new copper brake lines, and the carburettors tuned. We are pleased to see the Range Rover shows 50,000 miles recorded from new, which is believed to be correct.
Showing 4 owners from new, and offered with a UK V5 and current MoT certificate, these early Range Rovers are exceptionally usable and enjoyable classic cars, which can only improve in value over the coming years.