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Lot 102: Range Rover 2 Door

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

There is a simple elegance about the original 2-door 1970 Range Rover that makes the current generation of luxury off-roaders appear almost absurdly overblown by comparison. Designed by Spen King, it's boxy, minimalist yet perfectly proportioned form was so fundamentally 'right' from the outset that it remained in production virtually unaltered for the next 25 years. The bodywork was not substantially redesigned until the second generation model of 1995 which was an altogether heavier and more complex vehicle than its rugged forebear. All versions are hugely capable machines that are equally at home on the motorway or the school run, or clambering to the top of a mountain.

Built on a box-section ladder-type chassis, much like the contemporary Land Rover, the Range Rover had more sophisticated all-independent coil spring suspension, permanent four-wheel drive and disc brakes all round. Power came from Rover's light-weight all-alloy 3.5-litre V8 engine, detuned to 135bhp. Early examples had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards that were designed to be washed down with a hose. Features such as power assisted steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats and wooden interior trim were only fitted later, when it was realised that it had a far larger market as a luxury vehicle than merely as a more comfortable alternative to the Land Rover Station Wagon.

This September 1973 example has a great many original features. It retains the correct tools and rubber boot mat. The seats are the originals, however the fronts are now past their best, the rear bench seat appearing sound. MOTd until November 2012 it will require a new tailgate top before regular use. The V8 engine sounds particularly sweet, the vendor reporting that it drives very nicely and that it has a solid chassis and straight panels.

Early Range-Rovers are certainly the car of the moment, this example offering a great opportunity to acquire one at a reasonable price while you still can.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number102
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2000
Year1973
Condition rating0
Registration numberVFH 456M
Mileage-
Chassis number35507338B
Engine number35513470B
Engine capacity (cc)3528
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors