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The original Spencer King designed Range Rover was one of the British Motor Industry's proudest success stories, and when it went out of production at the end of 1995, it still looked as fresh and forward-thinking as it did back in 1970 when one was chosen to be exhibited in the Louvre as an example of modern sculpture. The design is undoubtedly iconic and the car cutting edge by standards of the era but the interior comforts and driving experience are today viewed as pretty basic. The increase in value of classic Range Rovers led to a demand for early two-door cars with the interior refinement and performance now enjoyed by buyers of a new Range Rover. The indisputable king of the Range Rover retro-restoration is Damon Oorloff and his team at Kingsley Cars of Witney. Although internationally renowned for their standard restorations of the Classic, it is the retro-mod with its blend of engineering and craftsman that not only command very high prices but breathe new life into an ageing warhorse.
Based on a 1992 two-door SE and fitted with a 4.5-litre V8 engine mated to an automatic gearbox, this nut and bolt restored and 'backdated' Range Rover is sensational. 'KNG 47N' oozes character with old-style plates, silver bumpers and a gleaming Tuscan Blue finish. The Nappa leather interior with tweed check inserts adds a whole new dimension to the driving experience. Built for Damon himself, an exacting programme of works such as this does not come cheap, the high-performance 4.5-litre engine with 'Kingsley High Efficiency' fuel injection cost £18,500. Exterior fittings and the bespoke leather interior cost over £30,000. Further refinements include air conditioning, electric heated seats and a USB port for an iPhone.
When rock legend and, regular Silverstone Auctions customer, Jay Kay saw the car for sale with Kingsley at £185,000 in 2018 he fell in love with it. Having now owned the car for two years, and travelled less than a 1,000 miles in the car, it is our privilege to present it to auction. The total miles covered since restoration amount to just 4,622, at the time of cataloguing. The private registration 'KNG 47N' is included in the sale to complete the backdated look, as stated in the accompanying V5C. The history file includes previous MOTs with the most recent, and naturally advisory free, valid until March 2021.
Extensively featured across the broadsheet press and in classic car magazines, we conclude with the esteemed words of The Daily Telegraph when describing this car: ”The Ultimate Classic Range Rover”.