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Sold for: £42,750
Designed by Spen King, the original 1970 Range Rover was a masterstroke of understated elegance and remained in production virtually unaltered for 25 years. Its boxy, thin-pillared 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, on 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, disc brakes all round, and was powered by Rover’s lightweight all-alloy 3.5-litre V8 engine, detuned to 135bhp. The ultimate off-road/on-road vehicle, its clever suspension managed to combine a 3-tonne towing ability, a huge range of articulation off-road, and limousine comfort on A and B roads. On offer here is a 1988, post-facelift, UK-supplied, manual gearbox, petrol powered Range Rover featuring Lucas electronic fuel injection, improving both performance and fuel economy. Presented in striking Portofino Red, this remarkable car has covered 5,500 miles from new. The original sales invoice in the accompanying history file states that it was supplied by ‘County Motors’ in Lincoln to a Mr. M.J Evans on August 1st, 1988 and the car has been owned by the same family until very recently. They have clearly looked after it as the car remains in remarkably original condition with consistent shut lines all round and the paint still retains a deep and impressive shine. The interior presents as you would expect from the mileage indicated and is a lovely place to be. Accompanying the car is the original Bill of Sale, a variety of old MOTs, related invoices, and the car's manuals and service records. The service book shows five stamps to date with the last one indicating 5,094 miles in 2001, showing just how few miles have been covered in the past 16 years. This wonderful Range Rover really does need to be seen to be believed as very rarely do these iconic cars come to market with this mileage and in this original condition. Supplied with the cherished plate (5315 ME) and aforementioned history file, we are very pleased to offer this car to the open market for the first time in its lifetime. This is surely an unrepeatable opportunity and therefore worthy of consideration by any serious collector.