Re­born clas­sic

New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

Sa­lon Rétro­mo­bile 2017 will see the world de­but pre­sen­ta­tion of the next in the ‘Re­born’ se­ries of ex­pertly sourced and com­pre­hen­sively re­stored Clas­sic Land Rovers.

Range Rover Re­born is a new pro­gramme of­fer­ing prospec­tive cus­tomers the unique op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase an orig­i­nal and highly col­lectible vin­tage Range Rover, di­rect from Land Rover Clas­sic in the UK. The launch of Range Rover Re­born builds on the suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion of Land Rover Se­ries I Re­born last year.

Land Rover Clas­sic’s ex­pert team has drawn on decades of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign ex­per­tise to com­plete the first Range Rover Re­born — a care­fully se­lected 1978 Range Rover Clas­sic fin­ished in Ba­hama Gold and pow­ered by a 3528cc V8 en­gine cou­pled to a four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with lock­able cen­tral dif­fer­en­tial.

Ev­ery Range Rover Re­born will un­dergo a com­plete restora­tion ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s orig­i­nal 1970s fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion and us­ing Land Rover Clas­sic parts to pre­serve and pro­tect the ve­hi­cle’s au­then­tic­ity.

Tim Han­nig — di­rec­tor, Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic — said: “Range Rover Re­born is an­other show­case of our ded­i­cated in­house en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise. It un­der­scores our com­mit­ment to nur­tur­ing the rich her­itage of Land Rover and is a rare op­por­tu­nity for cus­tomers to own a valu­able and gen­uinely col­lectible au­to­mo­tive icon. It is a won­der­ful way to pre­serve the much sought-af­ter three-door orig­i­nal Range Rover from the 1970s, from pe­ri­od­cor­rect colour­ways to in­te­rior trim and ac­ces­sories.”

The Range Rover was launched in 1970, orig­i­nally in two-door con­fig­u­ra­tion only up to 1981, when the first fac­tory four-door was in­tro­duced, and it re­mained pop­u­lar right up to the end of the first gen­er­a­tion’s pro­duc­tion in 1996. It was so pop­u­lar, in fact, that pro­duc­tion of the first gen­er­a­tion con­tin­ued along­side the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion for al­most two years, and the name ‘Range Rover Clas­sic’ was in­tro­duced to dis­tin­guish this model from its more mod­ern sib­ling.

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