Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 17

1971 Range Rover 'Two Door'

Estimated at £35,000 - £45,000

Lot details
Registration No: PFM127K
Chassis No: 35502134A

- Rare and desirable 'Suffix A' Range Rover

- One of 2,844 Home Market RHD cars built during the 1971 production year

- Restoration just completed by model specialist Kingsley Cars

There was always scope for the production of a sibling that combined the no-nonsense Land Rover's off-road prowess with a greater degree of on-road chic and comfort. Though various plans were mooted in the 1950s, it was the emergence of the American SUV a decade later that finally convinced Rover to create such a model. Spen King famously oversaw the '100 inch Station Wagon' project that was finally revealed as the Range Rover in 1970. Far from competing with the likes of the Ford Bronco that had inspired its creation, the David Bache-penned newcomer created a whole new genre of go-anywhere vehicles. The Range Rover was based around a box section chassis and steel 'safety frame' onto which the lightweight outer panels were bolted. Power came from the ubiquitous Rover V8 - initially in 3.5-litre guise. This was connected to a permanent four-wheel drive system for optimum traction - a transfer box offered a full set of high and low gear ratios. Suspension was by long travel coil springs all round and braking was by discs front and rear.

This delightful Range Rover Two-Door with rare and desirable 'Suffix A' chassis plate was one of just 2,844 right-hand drive home market examples built in the 1971 model year. Acquired by the vendor in the summer of 2015 it commenced a thorough restoration later that year by Range Rover specialist restorers Kingsley Cars. As can be seen in the photographs the body and axles were removed from the chassis and the car is described by the vendor as having a perfect shell with zero rust having had all the corrosion cut, followed by a panel-off re-paint. Other significant works included a top-end refresh of the engine and a restored/new Palomino PVC interior. Finished in the wonderful Tuscan blue colour this exceptional 2-door Range Rover should be paid close attention by enthusiasts of the model. The restoration was being completed as the catalogue went to press and we hope to have photographs of the finished vehicle on our website before the sale.

PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but the estimate for this vehicle appeared incorrectly in the printed catalogue and should have read £35,000 - 45,000.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle has developed an oil leak, which should be investigated before driving on the road.

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