1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B

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Lot 287
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 34,746) inc. premium
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate
Registration no. SPH 497M
Chassis no. 355-06530-B
Engine no. 355-11748-B
*Landmark 4x4 design
*Early 'Classic' model
*Extensive history dating back to 1980
*New interior in 2015

Footnotes

  • 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 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 Range Rover (a 'Suffix B' model) was supplied new via Coombs & Son of Guildford, Surrey and has remained in the south of England ever since. 'SPH 497M' has documented history and invoices dating back to 1980, issued by the local authorised dealer, Wadham Stringer. During 1995 the car was restored, with further bodywork renovation a few years later. Completed in 1999, the latter included new wings, inner wings, sills, and floor pans together with a high quality re-spray in original Bahama Gold cellulose (see photographs and invoices on file).

    Further renovation was carried out in 2015, including powder-coating the wheels in the correct shade of silver, and re-trimming the interior throughout with new seats, door cards, headlining and original, new-old-stock floor mats. In September 2015 the car was thoroughly checked over by Dunsfold Land Rover and all faults rectified (see invoice for £641 on file). Offered with the aforementioned history and a current V5C, document, 'SPH 497M' represents a rare opportunity to acquire an early example of the 'Classic' Range Rover benefiting from extensive refurbishment.
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1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
1973 Range Rover 4x4 Estate  Chassis no. 355-06530-B Engine no. 355-11748-B
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