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New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

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.”

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