Home on the Range
Iam an avid reader of Nzclassic Car, and your March issue was really special, with the article on the classic Range Rovers. Just one technical issue, though. I own a 1972 Range Rover — number 268 — which my father bought brand new in September 1972. To the best of my knowledge there were no Rovers sold in this country in 1971, unless someone can prove otherwise! Ours was the first in Marlborough at that time, along with a red example that went to Dillons. I had a white ’72 Range Rover as well, that one was reputed to be number five in New Zealand, being first sold July 1972. Our Range Rover is affectionately known as ‘Old Goldie’ — and was featured in Life&leisure a few years ago.
By the way, I own four Range Rovers, and three 80-inch Series One Land Rovers, plus I also have a 107–inch stuck away, and our TD5 flat-deck Landy. It’s a pretty contagious disease! Richard Paterson, via email Donn Anderson replies: “I don’t think Richard is right about the first Range Rovers arriving in New Zealand in 1972. I rechecked all my stats, including Motorman magazine price lists in 1971 editions, and the Range Rover is definitely listed for that year with a local retail price. It’s great Richard still has his dad’s 1972 model from new.”