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1991 Range Rover CSK
Lot No.: 541
Registration: J668 MNR
Chassis Number: SALLHABM7GA463059
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Sold for (£): 40,500
To mark the huge success and the 20th anniversary of the model, Land Rover launched the limited edition Range Rover 'CSK' named in honour of Charles Spencer King, the man who designed the original Range Rover. The CSK was intended primarily to publicise the new anti-roll suspension and was promoted as a sportier Range Rover with only 200 numbered examples produced. This special Range Rover featured a number of modifications improving both performance and passenger comfort and was the fastest production Range Rover ever built at that time, with a chipped version of the 3.9-litre V8 engine developing 185bhp. The increase in performance is complemented by improved handling at high speeds and Land Rover had introduced front and rear anti-roll bars and sports dampers, to give a smoother, more comfortable ride on normal roads. These cars were finished exclusively in Beluga black with chrome bumpers, silver pinstripe coach lines, and discrete silver CSK logos are positioned on both front wings and one on the lower tailgate. The interior is pure Range Rover with contrasting beige soft leather trim and the American Walnut fascia rail and door inserts are exclusive to this model.
This particular car (no. 153 of 200) is the rarer manual version and was delivered new to Mr. A J Greaves on the 9th December, 1991. To this day it has been enjoyed by 6 further keepers. This vehicle really is special having undergone a complete nut and bolt restoration in 2013/14 with invoices in excess of £115K (One Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Pounds).
This car was restored to be used and enjoyed and offers some upgrades whilst retaining its period charm. The engine is a freshly built 4.6 with performance cams, whilst the suspension has been upgraded with polyurethane bushes throughout and uprated shocks and springs (original ethos, modern twist). All of the upgrades have been done in such a way that nothing is obvious and everything is understated. For example, the flexible brake lines are upgraded braided items but have been sheathed to look like originals such is the level of detail.
The axles are both new along with the differentials, and the NOS (new old stock) gearbox is mated to a NOS transfer box. The rebuilt 4.6 engine is lively and torquey out on the road breathing through a stainless exhaust system which sounds just right. The underneath of this car is as good as the exterior coachwork and the attention to detail in the paintwork is impressive The list detailing the sheer amount of attention that this shiny RR received is too long to print here but full details will be available at the sale.
Since completion of the restoration the car has covered a mere 5,000 miles including a trip across Europe during which time it's understood to have performed faultlessly.
At this guide price, and in this condition, this CSK offers the very best of both worlds and a rare opportunity to own a car that has Charles Spencer King's name all over it.