Land Rover Range Rover P38 2.5 Diesel
Land Rover's Cinderella model is becoming more attractive. If you find a well-maintained one it's a bargain, but it's a big 'if'. Diesel refined but gutless - take the mpg hit and go for a V8.
Dimensions W2228mm (inc wing mirrors); L4713mm
Max Load Capacity 1.7 Cubic metres Insurance Group 13- 16
After 25 years from the introduction of the first generation Range Rover, the second generation Range Rover — model-designation P38A — was introduced for the 1995 model year, with an updated version of the Rover V8 engines. There was also the option of a 2.5-litre BMW turbo-diesel and this was made possible by BMW's ownership of the Land Rover brand from 1994 to 2000. The new model was even more luxurious, incorporated new engine management (smoother and more powerful) and improved air suspension that allowed automatic, speed proportional height adjustment. This could also detect when the vehicle had become 'grounded' and attempt to raise itself to maximum height in an attempt to gain traction. The chassis was also made stronger and new welding techniques were used. Other features included anti-lock braking system and two-wheel traction control — although later models saw this feature applied to all four wheels. In 2000 the Range Rover was facelifted and three special edition models were released:
The Anniversary edition which was was manafactured in wimbledon green with green leather upholstery and cream piping.
The Holland and Holland edition: Made in collaboration with Holland and Holland (a famous gunsmith based in London, UK). This model was manafactured in dark green paintwork, brown leather upholstery with cream piping, gun boxes, H & H inscriptions throughout the vehicle, partially green painted alloys and every extra such as a DVD player and TV's throughout the vehicle. This retailed at over £65,000 on release. 400 Holland and Holland Range Rover's were manafactured, all of them came with 4.6 litre petrol engines.
The Range Rover Linley: This is the most exclusive range rover ever made. It was designed by the famous interior designer David Linley . The Range Rover Linley was entirely black, with black top quality leather upholstery, black lambswool rugs, black ebony wood inserts, black leather headlining, black tinted alloys and an endless list of other exquisitely made additions. All electrical accessories such as a full entertainment package came as standard. At the time of release the Range Rover Linley retailed for over £100,000 in the UK and only 10 models were ever created. This is up to date the most exclusive Range Rover ever created! In 2006 the first Range Rover Linley came on the used market (in the UK). The reserve price at auction was £40,000 but it sold for a disclosed price for well over this. This is impressive for a car that cost £100,000 new and for the fact that at this time the new model Range Rover could have been bought for £42,000, a little more than the reserve price.
Two more special edition models were released in 2001:
The Range Rover Bordeaux: This was available with bright 'Bordeaux Red' paintwork and partially coloured alloys. Also included was cream leather upholstery with 'Bordeaux Red' piping and 'Bordeaux Red' carpeting throughout, including the inside of the tailgate. 200 Range Rover Bordeaux's were manafactured; 100 4.0 litre petrol models and 100 2.5 litre diesel models.
The Range Rover Westminster: This was available in either silver or grey paintwork different from the usual paintwork of those colours available and grey tinted alloys. The interior was available in "Westminster Grey" leather upholstery with black piping, light grey poplar wood interior, and further colour coordination to the carpets and ceiling. 400 Range Rover Westminsters were produced; 200 4.0 litre petrol models and 2.5 litre diesel models.
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|105 mph||22 mpg||134 bhp 4400|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|216||Land Rover Range Rover 2.5 DSE||Barons||11 Sep 2007||£3000.00||-|
|148||Land Rover Range Rover 4.6HSE||Barons||19 Jun 2007||Not sold|
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International February 2012|
|Classic future - Could it be that the P38 Range Rover is about to become the 'new' Range Rover classic? It looks a distinct possibility, especially when you take a good look at this fabulously refurbished one. Mark Saville takes a very good look indeed.|
Look who's torqueing
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International July 2011|
|Look who's torqueing - How do you make the ultimate P38? Easy-jink the thirsty petrol V8 for the gutsy but economical TDV6.|
Survival Guide - Range Rover (1970-2002)
|Publication||Car Mechanics June 2011|
|Survival Guide - Range Rover (1970-2002) - Way ahead of its time, it's the off-roader that made muddy boots acceptable in the poshest of places. But mechanically, is there much dirt to dish on the Range Rover? IAN CUSHWAY investigates.|
Mud and thunder
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International June 2011|
|Mud and thunder - The camera's not lying - this really is a P38 Range Rover getting stuck in. And so did Peter Skilton.|
Minding the gap
|Publication||Octane December 2010|
|Minding the gap - In 1972, two Range Rovers tackled the British Army's toughest-ever expedition: crossing the Darien Gap that links Northern and Southern American. This is a survivor's fate.|
How to buy a...Range Rover
|Publication||Classic Monthly August 2010|
|How to buy a...Range Rover - Great on and off the road, the Range Rover remains the best classic all-rounder that money can buy.|
Mpg, mph or both?
|Publication||Land Rover Enthusiast March 2010|
|Mpg, mph or both? - In recent years the styling of the whole Land Rover stable has changed beyond all recognition, but more fundamentally so have the performance figures, which have improved dramatically - much more so that the fuel economy. But should Land Rover be concentrating on mpg rather than mph? Simon Hodder takes a personal look at the performance vs economy dilemma.|
The passage of time
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly February 2010|
|The passage of time - No stylish coffee table book on cars would ever be complete without a few Range Rover photos - its classic design has run true through four decades.|
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International January 2010|
|Great Brits - How do you test the latest Land Rovers? Drive them to Wales and take them round an off-road site, A and B roads, greenlanes and through the sea. Neil Watterson reports. Discovery 4, Freelander 2, Range Rover, Range Rover Sports.|
|Publication||Land Rover Enthusiast September 2009|
|Three aces - It's unlikely that anyone would be daft enough to own three 38As if they were as bad as they're supposed to be. The jury's out on his sanity, as it always has been, but Auld McHodder is now enjoying his third second-generation Range Rover. 'They really are the best,' he says.|
Buyers Guide - What can I get for £9,500?
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly August 2007|
|Buyers Guide - What can I get for £9,500?- Buy into the Range Rover lifestyle as P38As drop in price.|
All about the evolution
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly August 2007|
|All about the evolution- In our second and final part of the P38A story, we consider the many changes that were required to keep the Range Rover ahead of the game.|
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly July 2007|
|Winged warrior - The P38A had some act to follow and over the next two issues we'll paint you the full picture.|
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International June 2007|
|New wave - Bobtailed Range Rover - no big deal. But a bobtailed second-generation one? You don't get many of these to the pound. P37 and a half, anyone?|