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Range Rover: Classic & Performance range review

Range Rover: Classic & Performance range review Classic and Performance Car
Velar Range Rover prototype Two-door Range Rover Five-door Range Rover P38 Range Rover L322 Range Rover L405 Range Rover
The Range Rover is the car that changed the world, so it is only right and proper that it made its first public appearance at one of those moments when the world itself was changing.
The summer of 1970 was when the 1960s ended. Abruptly. In April, The Beatles split; in July, England lost the World Cup they’d won in the summer of 1966. On 18 June, Ted Heath’s Conservatives won the general election, usurping Harold Wilson’s Labour party, which had been in charge since 1964. 
Only the previous day, the Range Rover had made its debut. It was to stay the course far longer than any mere Prime Minister. Callaghan, Thatcher and Major were all tenants of 10 Downing Street before production of the original Range Rover – by then known as the Classic – finally ended in 1996 (just a year before Blair entered No 10).
This is how that career panned out:

Velar Prototypes

During the 1950s, Rover had toyed with the idea of combining the comfort of its saloon cars with the off-road ability of the Land Rover, launched in 1948. It resulted in the experimental Road Rover, which was abandoned in 1958. But the idea was resurrected in 1966 and Charles Spencer ‘Spen’ King’s team came up with the innovative Range Rover. Before it went into production, its combination of long-travel coil-spring suspension, permanent four-wheel drive, disc brakes and 3.5-litre V8 petrol engine had to be tested. To conceal its identity, seven prototypes (plus a few pre-production vehicles) bore the Velar badge – a ‘company’ created earlier for secret trials of Rover’s P6BS sports car. Although some of these very early cars have been scrapped, two are believed to be unaccounted for and collectors hope they will eventually be found and restored.

Two-door Range Rover, 1970-1994

There aren’t as many early two-door Range Rovers around as there ought to be. It is only in the last 15 years or so that the significance – and desirability – of these vehicles has been recognised. Corrosion has always been a bugbear of the first-generation Range Rover and early victims of body rot were snapped up by off-road enthusiasts and generally abused. Yet when it comes to collectability, it’s a case of the earlier the better. Those with a ‘suffix-A’ chassis number (which ended in 1972) are the most sought-after. Despite the Range Rover’s reputation for luxury, don’t expect much comfort in the early models, which were designed with plastic seats and rubber mats, in the mistaken belief that the target buyers would be farmers, who would use them as working vehicles and hose them out for those weekend trips into town for dinner and the theatre…

Four-door Range Rover, 1981-1996

It had soon become obvious that the Range Rover was a runaway best-seller. Demand far outsripped supply, with long waiting lists at dealers. In the first year, secondhand Range Rovers were fetching more than new ones. It was also clear that customers wanted more luxury – and four doors. Unfortunately, Land Rover was still owned by British Leyland, which hadn’t got the cash to adequately develop the model. Instead, independent coachbuilders sought to meet the demand for for luxurious four-door conversions – most notably Automobiles Monteverdi of Basle, Switzerland, which built 129 between October 1979 and March 1982 – by which time Solihull was producing its own factory-built four-doors.

Soft dash Range Rover, 1995-1996

As you would expect of a model with a production span of more than 25 years, the first-generation Range Rover saw many improvements during its long life. These included fuel injection, automatic gearboxes, diesel options, air suspension, extended wheelbase and the 3.5-litre V8 increased to 3.9 and then 4.2 litres. The best-equipped came in 1995, by which time the vehicle had been re-badged Range Rover Classic, to avoid confusion with the second-generation P38A, launched a year earlier. Known as the ‘soft dash’ models on account of the new fascia that replaced the old moulded ABS plastic dash, it was the final hurrah for the much-loved Classic. British Leyland had been consigned to history, along with subsequent owner British Aerospace. BMW was by then in charge and had its own plans…

1994: Second-generation Range Rover (P38A)

The Range Rover Classic was always going to be a hard act to follow. BMW inherited the P38A project from BAe and considered it very much an interim model as it set about creating the third-generation L322 model. The P38A has a deserved reputation for going wrong – mainly because its ambitious development engineers had crammed in too much cutting-edge yet untested technology. But there’s nothing that can’t be put right by a savvy mechanic who understands modern electronics and hydraulics. Be warned, though, that P38A parts are costlier than a Classic’s. The air suspension has a reputation for failing, but aftermarket parts make repair cheaper than it used to be. The good news is that these models don’t rust badly. Collectable models include the upmarket Holland & Holland and Linley limited editions, and the Vogue SE. At present they can be picked up cheaply: excellent ones are under £4000.

2002: Third-generation Range Rover (L322)

The L322 was designed by BMW yet delivered by Ford. Detroit bought Land Rover in 2001 and the ready-for-launch new Range Rover came with it. BMW had insisted that the new model should head further upmarket than anything that had gone before, while retaining class-leading off-road ability. Old-style ladder chassis and beam axles had no place on this modern luxury car; independent suspension and a monocoque body were essential. The 2005 facelift brought Jaguar petrol V8s, including a supercharged version producing almost 400bhp. Two years later, BMW’s straight-six diesel was replaced by a new TDV8, built by Ford in Dagenham. Land Rover’s Autobiography personalisation programme and aftermarket specialists mean that examples for sale may be in dubious taste, but whatever you buy must have a full service history. Some have filtered down to DIY owners who have cut corners, but happy hunting starts below £5000.

2012: Fourth-generation Range Rover (L405)

It will come as no surprise to students of automotive history that the latest Range Rover’s development was begun by Ford but completed by Indian-owned Tata Motors, who bought the company in 2008. And it headed yet further upmarket: the Range Rover Sport occupies the gap between the Discovery and the full-fat Range Rover. But while the outgoing L322 had indeed been full-fat, laden down as it was by technology, the new model was leaner and meaner, thanks to an all-aluminium monocoque body that weighed in at 420kg less than its predecessor. Not only did this help meet emissions targets, it also reduced running costs. The L405 is powered by 3.0-litre V6 and 4.4-litre V8 diesels and a 5.0-litre V8 petrol. As with the L322, there is a bewildering choice of models and editions, and even more weird and wonderful bespoke creations. Prices start below £50,000 and head beyond £250,000…
Velar Range Rover prototype Two-door Range Rover Five-door Range Rover P38 Range Rover L322 Range Rover L405 Range Rover
Last updated: 10th Nov 2016
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  • Range Rover Classic

    £10,995 £10,995


    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 126000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    For sale
    Spencer Jones
    0034677451017 VIEW CONTACT NUMBER
  • 1972 Range Rover Classic "Suffix A"


    This is one of the first series "Suffix A" LHD Range Rover with 3 doors and the front mirrors. Chassis #35801940A - Delivered new to Austria in "Masai Red". The car was fully frame up restored between 2014 and 2016 and is now in "as new" condition. The restoration is very well documented. The car is painted in "Sahara Dust" with light brown fabric textil interior. Imported into Switzerland in 2016 and Swiss Veteran registered EUR 79'500 http://grabersportgarage.ch/1972-range-rover-classic-suffix-a.html Swiss VAT paid

    • Year: 1972
    For sale
  • Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE |

    £60,850 £60,850

    Specification MAKE Range Rover MODEL 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE COLOUR Mariana Black YEAR 2013/63 MILEAGE 32500 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional One Owner Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE . Finished in Mariana Black with Almond Leather. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Cruise Control, Multi Function Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Air Suspension, Touchscreen Navigation System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Reversing Camera, Paddleshift, Electrically Adjustable Heated Front Seats with Memory, OPTIONAL EXTRAS 22" 10 Spoke Dark Tinted Alloy Wheels, Rear Seat Entertainment, Sliding Panoramic Glass Roof, Winged Front and Rear Headrests, Front Fog Lamps, Privacy Glass, TRANSMISSION 8 Speed Automatic ENGINE CAPACITY 4367 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 334 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 229 WARRANTY Supplied with our 12 month warranty. ( Just serviced at Land Rover Dealer ). PRICE £60,850 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE Submit Close Form Print vehicle details E-Mail to a friend × E-MAIL TO A FRIEND Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE Bramley ha

    • Mileage: 60850 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover Vogue SDV6 - 3.0 Litre |

    £53,850 £53,850

    Specification MAKE Range Rover MODEL Vogue SDV6 - 3.0 Litre COLOUR Santorini Black with Black Hide Seating and Contrasting Red Stitching YEAR 2013/13 MILEAGE 23800 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this well equipped and very well presented example of the Range Rover Vogue. Finished in Santorini Black with Black Hide Seating. Supplied with our 12 month written warranty and a fresh MOT. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Automatic high beam assist, Contrast roof - Black, Front fog lamps, Terrain Response 2, Double locking + soft door close, Garage door opener, 20'' alloy wheels, Leather steering wheel, 'Say What You See' voice control, Active Speed Limiter (ASL), Adaptive Dynamics, Automatic headlights, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Body-coloured door handles, Cruise control, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), Driver passenger airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electric front seats, Electric heated door mirrors, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Front side airbags, HDD Navigation System, Heated front windscreen, Heated seats, Hill Descent Control (HDC) OPTIONAL EXTRAS Four Zone Climate Contro

    • Mileage: 53850 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover Autobiography 5.0 V8 S/C |

    £77,450 £77,450

    Specification MAKE Range Rover MODEL Autobiography 5.0 V8 S/C COLOUR Santorini Black YEAR 2014/63 MILEAGE 12500 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Range Rover 5.0 Autobiography. Finished in Santorini Black with Tan Leather. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Adaptive Xenon Headlamps, Paddleshift, Electric Windows, Adaptive Cruise Control, Parking Distance Control Front, Surround Camera System, Park Assist, Reverse Traffic Detection, Adaptive Dynamics, Auto High Beam Assist, Proximity Mirror Camera, 18 Way Electric Front Seats, Stop/Start System, 4 Way Electric Rear Seats, DAB Radio, Wood and Leather Steering Wheel, Ventilated Front and Rear Seats, Park Heating with Remote Control, Ambient Lighting, OPTIONAL EXTRAS Deployable Electric Side Steps, Sliding Panoramic Roof, 22" Diamond Turned Alloy Wheels, Rear Seat Entertainment, Meridian Reference Sound System, Privacy Glass, Front Fog Lights, Adjustable Massage Seat Bolster, Front and Rear Winged Head Restraints, LED Signature Headlights. TRANSMISSION Automatic ENGINE CAPACITY 4999 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 510 EMISSIO

    • Mileage: 77450 mi
    For sale
  • 2000 Range Rover Vogue 4.6 V8

    £12,950 £12,950

    The Range Rover P38 was introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the Classic Range Rover which had seen more than 20 years of production and updates. This is the ultimate P38 Variant, 4.6litre Vogue, finished in rare Mote Carlo blue with full grey leather interior and grey carpets. Fully intergrated Garmin satellite navigation. Harmon Kardon sound system, Hurricane alloy wheels. This car was purchased by its last keeper in 2003 at 12,000 miles from Land Rover in Solihul who had used it as part of their internal fleet. During his tenure some 230,000 miles were covered, oil and filter was changed every 3,000 miles. Mainly used for long continental journeys this Range Rover has lead a cosseted life, evidenced by the large file of service bills totalling some £70,000. In 2012 a decision was made to commence an ongoing resotration to bring the car as close to as new condition as possible using only Land Rover sourced parts. Main dealer and LR specialist invoices on file show that it has had both axels replacedplus a new gearboxand transfer box. Showing perfect compression readings, the engine only required new cylinder head garkets and various ancillary parts. The entire air suspension s

    • Year: 2000
    For sale
  • Range Rover Vogue EFI (1986).


    The Classic Range Rover was a revolution when introduced in 1970. No other manufacturer had ever built such an outstanding 4x4. A perfect blend of style, comfort, speed and incredible offroad abilities. In fact, this car was so much ahead of its time that it could stay in production for 25 years in almost unchanged guise. It was the perfect luxury Land Rover for any purpose. Today, the Classic Range Rover has become a sought after classic car, and values of good examples are still going up. The example we are offering for sale is definitely one of the best available. This top-of-the-range Vogue version was delivered new in Switzerland, with almost every possible option fitted including automatic gearbox and airconditioning, As all 1986 Vogues, it came with power windows front and rear, armrests front and rear, nice alloys and metallic paint. This Range Rover was ordered in Cypress Green with matching Silver Grey velours seats, and is still in immaculate condition. No wonder, as it has a documented low mileage of 60.040 km, which is unique for a 30 years old car. It starts on the button with a glorious V8 rumble, and offers a most comfortable driving experience with the smooth shift

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 37224 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

    £48,950 £48,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL Registered 26/09/2013 - 63 Plate (2014 Model Year) 2 Owners From New 3.0 Diesel with 8 Speed Automatic Transmission 29,950 Miles Finished in Santorini Black Ebony and Ivory Interior 21" Delta Wing Alloy Wheels Panoramic Sunroof with Power Opening and Closing Aluminium Trim Cruise Control DAB Radio Satellite Navigation Front and Rear Heated Seats Front and Rear Park Assist with Camera Heated Front Windscreen Heated Steering Wheel Body Coloured Roof Red Brake Calipers Ebony Carpet 2 Zone CLimate Control Keyless Entry Ambient Lighting Approach Lights Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror Auto Dipping Mirrors Auto Terrain Response with Dynamic Mode Tyre Pressure Monitoring Xenon Headlamps Power Tailgate ACE Suspension Privacy Glass £48,950 Submitting Form... The server encountered an error. Form received. Submit FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE COMPLETE THE ABOVE FORM. ALTERNATIVELY, EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM USING THE DETAILS BELOW: SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 29950 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

    £48,950 £48,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL Registered 02/10/2013 - 63 Plate 1 Owner From New 3.0 Diesel with Automatic Transmission 30,000 Miles Finished in Barolo Black Ebony & Lunar Hide Interior with Aluminium Trim Panoramic Sunroof 60/40 Rear Seat with Load Through Facility Privacy Glass Automatic High Beam Assist Adaptive Xenon Headlights Full Size Spare Wheel Auto dimming, Heated, Adjustable Powerfold Mirrors Front Centre Console Cooler Surround Cameras with Park Assist HomeLink Closing Vehicle Sensing with Reverse Traffic Detection Extra Large Washer Bottle Deployable Tow Bar Tracker Roof Rail System Cross Bars Load Space Liner £48,950 Submitting Form... The server encountered an error. Form received. Submit FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE COMPLETE THE ABOVE FORM. ALTERNATIVELY, EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM USING THE DETAILS BELOW: SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 30000 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover Sport 3.6 TDV8 HSE Lugano Teal

    £10,995 £10,995

    Ivory Hide Beech Veneers Multi Function Steering Wheel Active Cruise Control Linguatronic Navigation Radio CD Harman/Kardon Sound Bluetooth Telephone Sunroof Rear Entertainment Rear Heated Seats Rear Audio Controls Rear Privacy Glass Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 20″ Alloy Wheels Full Service History

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 146200 mi
    For sale
  • Range Rover No. 26 Auction


    This is the very first of the Press Cars built for the launch of the Range Rover in 1970. Chassis number 26 is actually the first ever production Range Rover manufactured, and although retaining many pre production features such as the super rare aluminium bonnet, it is built to production standard. Registered on the 27th May 1970 as the first of the 20 Press cars, it is believed therefore to be the first car registered as a Range Rover. The previous 25 were registered as Velars and were used for engineering development. This is the first Range Rover registered to Land Rover on a Solihull number plate. We have restored 231H over an extended period, taking our time to find the correct parts to rebuild this highly important vehicle to as correct a specification as is possible. We believe NXC231H to now be one of the best Range Rover Classics in existence. We were lucky enough to source new front seats, pairing this with the near perfect rear seat is what sets this 231 apart from other restorations which fail to have the correct interior trim. The car has just been the subject of several specialist magazine articles which are being published in July 2014 and has covered road test mile

    • Year: 1970
    For sale
  • 1991 Range Rover Vogue

    £17,995 £17,995

    I am delighted to welcome back one of my all time favorite Range Rovers for sale. After 2 years with a very careful owner. This wonderful 1991 Range Rover Vogue has had just 3 owners, the long term owner was a fastidious Range Rover Register Club member , he bought this beautiful and rare Colorado Silver example when it was less than three years old. Since this time he has kept it garaged and cared for as only a true enthusiast does. This Range Rover has been treated to a full stainless exhaust system, tubular exhaust headers and uprated springs and poly bushed suspension. The result is quite a revelation. The car handles supremely well and has much greater urge , making for a sporting feel to what should have course be a graceful lady. Having not owned a CSK, I reckon this is what they should feel like. I love it. The body, trim and paint are all first class and it is clear that much time and care has been taken in keeping the car in the beautiful unmarked condition. Currently reading 101,742 miles, this is superb Range Rover and worthy of any collection. With decent 2 door Range Rover now extremely hard to find, buyers are waking up to the merits of the later 4 door Range Rover.

    • Year: 1991
    For sale
  • Range Rover Sport Now Sold


    This super TDV8 HSE is a one owner Range Rover and has been maintained properly with a full serivce history. As you would expect it is in lovely condition and apart from two small shopping trolley marks to the paintwork, and a couple of small marks on the alloy wheels, is unblemished. Hardly run in to be honest these wonderful Range Rovers with the much more powerful , frugal and refined V8 will go on for ever. Super in Silver with Full black leather it has only been relinqueshed as the owner decided to try the Jaguar F Pace. Any inspection welcome

    • Year: 2007
    For sale
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