An outstanding landmark design that almost single-handedly created the booming market in dual-purpose 4x4s, the Range Rover was greeted with universal acclaim on its introduction in 1970 and has remained the class leader, despite ever increasing foreign and domestic competition, ever since. The idea of a more road-biased 4x4 had been around since the Land Rover's arrival in the late 1940s, but two decades would pass before the concept crystallised in the form of the Range Rover. A separate, Land Rover-type chassis was employed to carry the enclosed aluminium body, while long-travel coil-sprung suspension ensured that the ride would be more saloon car than utility. Powered by Rover's excellent 3.5-litre light alloy V8, the Range Rover offered comfortable cruising at 90mph and possessed 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.
This early Range Rover (the rare and much desired 'Suffix A' model) has had only four owners over the course of the last 40 years. Offered for restoration, the car comes with Swansea V5 document and is sold strictly as viewed. We are advised that the engine turns over but does not run.