The Range Rover Classic is a 4×4 luxury SUV series 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, but 2 doors were manufactured until January 1994. 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. The Range Rover broke from the Land Rovers of its time by using coil springs instead of the then-common leaf springs. Because of its hefty weight, it also had disc brakes on all four wheels. Originally, it had no power steering, though this was added a few years after its introduction.
One problem with the Range Rover chassis was that it suffered considerably from body roll. Because of this, the suspension was lowered by 20 mm in 1980, and later gained anti-roll bars. Air suspension was introduced in late 1992 for high-end 1993 models.
The first major push upmarket was in 1984, which saw the availability of leather trim and automatic transmission; this was followed by the 1985 model year, which saw the instrument pod replaced by a more modern one (adapted from the Austin Maestro) and new door cards (using Austin Metro door handles) with walnut inlays.
This lovely “Soft Dash” example is presented in the most desirable colour combination of Plymouth Blue with beige leather interior which has been re – Connollised. This 4×4 also comes with a substantial amount of old MoTs, 8 Guy Salmon Land Rover stamps, and 30+ Guy Salmon Land Rover receipts, all of which can be seen on file. The headlining has been replaced, wheels refurbished and a new starter motor, water pump and alternator have also been fitted. There are new discs all round and the suspension has been changed to the more economical and desirable coil suspension. This wonderful 4X4 is in great condition all round and still provides any incumbent with comfortable and effortless touring ability as well as its phenomenal off-road capabilities which of course was their forte and initial remit but encompassing style and luxury at the same time. This is a wonderful model with it’s 3.9 litre V8 providing plenty of power and is an opportunity not to be missed.
|Auction||Blenheim Palace July 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
|Model||SE Soft Dash|
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