A WHOLE WORLD OF CAR STUFF

FAC­TORY RESTO SPARKS NEW TREND DOWN UN­DER

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - James Robin­son

IN FE­BRU­ARY this year Range Rover un­veiled its ‘Re­born’ pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive un­der­taken by Land Rover Clas­sic that sees old Land Rovers and Range Rovers painstak­ingly re­stored to fac­tory orig­i­nal con­di­tion and spec­i­fi­ca­tion by a team of Land Rover spe­cial­ists.

Range Rover’s first of­fer­ing from their Re­born pro­gram was a 1978 Ba­hama Gold twodoor, which was sourced by Land Rover it­self, which then per­formed a com­plete bare­bones, nut and bolt resto of the two-door us­ing only Land Rover Clas­sic parts.

When the Re­born pro­gram was launched, the man­u­fac­turer stated that it would build 10 ex­am­ples of the two-door, and prices would start at a whop­ping £135,000, or roughly $220,000 Aus­tralian dol­lars.

That’s a lot of money and, ac­cord­ing to Mark Hay­bit­tle of Range Rover Works in NSW, it’s cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of own­ers and spec­u­la­tors alike here in Aus­tralia.

“We’ve seen mas­sive lev­els of in­ter­est as a re­sult of cars like the Ba­hama Gold Re­born Range Rover,”

“Our Shop cur­rently has 22 two-doors that we’re work­ing on, nine of which are groundup re­builds.”

And when Hay­bit­tle says ground-up, he means it, as he es­ti­mates that each two-door takes be­tween 1500 and 2000 man hours to com­plete.

What’s more, ev­ery sin­gle part and ev­ery sin­gle piece used in the re­build, down to the nuts and bolts, is all orig­i­nal com­po­nen­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Hay­bit­tle how­ever, th­ese Range Rovers are worth the re­build, as he has seen prices soar over the last cou­ple of years in the UK for mint ex­am­ples, and now lo­cally.

“There’s been a mas­sive rush and prices are ris­ing very, very quickly.

“All of the own­ers of the cars we’re look­ing af­ter know which way the wind is blow­ing with th­ese things, they’re only go­ing one way – up,” Hay­bit­tle adds.

The ris­ing value of th­ese alu­minium-bod­ied beau­ties is lit­tle sur­prise to those who re­mem­ber the stir the Range Rover ‘Clas­sic’ caused when it was first un­veiled in 1970, as it was and still is a truly unique de­sign.

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