Range Rover 4x4 1975

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Lot 330
Range Rover 4x4 1975

Sold for € 72,450 (US$ 80,680) inc. premium
Range Rover 4x4 1975
Châssis n° 35814817D

•Un des premiers modèles 3 portes
•Livré neuf en Italie
•Méticuleusement restauré

Jalon essentiel du concept qui, à lui seul, créa le boom de la catégorie des SUV, le Range Rover fut unanimement salué lorsqu'il fut dévoilé, en 1970, et est resté depuis en tête de sa catégorie, malgré une concurrence national et étrangère toujours plus forte. L'idée d'un 4x4 orienté vers un usage plus routier était dans l'air depuis l'arrivée du land Rover à la fin des années 1940, mais il fallut attendre deux décennies pour que le concept se concrétise sous la forme du Range Rover. Spen King et Gordon Bashford furent à l'origine de sa conception, sa mise au point finale revenant à David Bache. Il fait appel à un châssis séparé du même type que celui du Land Rover pour recevoir la carrosserie fermée en aluminium, tandis que des suspensions par amortisseurs à course longue lui assurent un confort plus proche de celui d'une berline que d'un utilitaire. Rover disposait déjà du moteur idéal sous la forme de son V8 3, 5 litres en alliage léger. Le Range Rover fut accueilli avec enthousiasme, tant par la presse que par le public, lors de sa présentation en 1970, proposant une croisière confortable à 145 km/h et des capacités routières supérieures à ce dont avaient besoin la plupart des conducteurs. Le fait que le modèle originel soit resté en production pendant 24 années avant d'être remplacé en 1994 atteste parfaitement du bien fondé du concept original. En fait le « vieux » Range Rover - judicieusement rebaptisé Range Rover Classic - ne disparut pas immédiatement et continua d'être proposé pendant encore une année aux côté de la nouvelle version.

Ce Range Rover, un des premiers trois portes, a été livré neuf à Parmes en Italie. Entre 2011 et 2012, il a été méticuleusement restauré à Bologne et sera vendu accompagné d'un album de photographies de 130 pages sur les travaux effectués (lecture recommandée). Il a ensuite été acheté par un propriétaire belge et a parcouru seulement 6 000 km depuis l'achèvement de sa restauration. Présentée en excellent état, la voiture est vendue avec le reportage photographique mentionné plus haut, les papiers de son immatriculation italienne d'origine et ses papiers d'immatriculation hollandaise actuelle.

1975 Range Rover 4x4 Estate
Chassis no. 35814817D

•Early classic three-door model
•Delivered new to Italy
•High quality restoration

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 arrival 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 it would be some two decades before the concept crystallised in what would end up as the Range Rover. Spen King and Gordon Bashford were responsible for the initial conception, with final detailing entrusted to David Bache. 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. Rover already possessed an ideal power unit in the form of its 3.5-litre light alloy V8. The Range Rover was greeted enthusiastically by both press and public on its arrival in 1970, offering comfortable cruising at 145km/h (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.

This early three-door Range Rover was delivered new to Parma, Italy. Between 2011 and 2012 the car was painstakingly restored in Bologna and comes with a 130-page photographic record of the works carried out (inspection recommended). It was then purchased by a Belgian owner and has covered only some 6,000 kilometres since the rebuild's completion. Presented in commensurately excellent condition, the car is offered with the aforementioned photographic record, its original Italian registration papers and current Netherlands registration document.
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