13th Mar, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 53

1971 Range Rover Two-Door 'Suffix A'

Estimated at £25,000 - £35,000

Lot details

Registration No: GGC 962J
Chassis No: 53301417A
MOT: Exempt

  • Original 'matching numbers' Suffix A
  • Owned for past 18 years
  • Rare Wood and Pickett interior
  • Recent restoration in original colour

Launched in 1970 under the slogan "A Car for All Reasons," the Range Rover introduced a groundbreaking concept in the automotive world. It can be considered one of the earliest examples of what we now know as SUVs, seamlessly combining the renowned off-road and towing capabilities of Land Rover with a top speed of 100mph and a focus on passenger comfort. The 'Suffix A' Range Rovers are particularly coveted among enthusiasts and collectors. These models can be identified by the letter 'A' at the end of their chassis numbers, signifying their adherence to the original design principles. This specific vehicle bears the chassis number 35501417A, making it the 1,417th Range Rover produced. It was first registered in July 1971 and has been in the possession of its current owner for nearly two decades, a time when Suffix A models were not yet highly sought after. Initially acquired as a practical working vehicle, the owner used it for routine trips to the cash-and-carry and for towing horse trailers. To reduce operating costs, the original Buick V8 engine was replaced with a Discovery 300 TDI engine. Fortunately, the original V8 was preserved and stored in a dry outbuilding. The Range Rover remained in active use until 2019 when it was retired from work duties. Over the subsequent four years, the vehicle underwent a restoration process. It was reunited with its original and low-mileage V8 engine, and its body was meticulously restored to its original Davos White finish. Notably, the interior has been modified with Cream leather Wood and Pickett seats and door trims. These modifications were in place when the vendor purchased the vehicle, and the exact duration of their installation is uncertain. They have become a part of the vehicle's history and, although in good condition, exhibit a moderate patina that could be improved with careful cleaning. Alternatively, it is feasible to procure replacement original seats and door cards to restore the Range Rover to its pure Suffix A specifications. The dashboard and headlining, however, remain in excellent condition and are difficult to replace in a like-for-like manner.

Despite the Davos White repaint, the Range Rover retains its original structure with an unaltered chassis that has not undergone extensive welding. The floors are in good condition, the body panels are straight and original, and it retains the correct wheels and trim. The only departure from the original design is the use of later-style Discovery door mirrors instead of the original bonnet-mounted round mirrors. The paint finish is very nice, the refurbished wheels are excellent, and the tailgate, both upper and lower sections, is in great condition. For over a decade, the Range Rover was equipped with a 300 TDI engine, accumulating over 30,000 miles on diesel power while the original V8 was temporarily retired. It was recently reunited with the car, and the engine number confirms its originality. The vehicle has covered 78,000 miles in total, with the V8 having approximately 45,000 miles on it. The V8 runs smoothly, and the transmission functions as expected. The undercarriage has been fitted with polybushes, and the vendor attests to the Range Rover's flawless driving performance. 'Suffix A' Range Rovers are held in high esteem by devotees of the brand, and this example is a prime representation of their authenticity. It is a genuine 'Suffix A' model in excellent overall condition, boasting a fascinating history and owned by an individual who gracefully retired it from a life of work. The sale of this Range Rover is reluctant and presents a rare opportunity to acquire an authentic Suffix A model worthy of preservation and admiration.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 13th Mar, 2024

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