Orig­i­nal Range Rover re­born

It’s the ultimate use of Range Rover’s stock of NOS (New Old Stock) parts. The re-birth of the orig­i­nal three­door model.

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This year’s Sa­lon Rétro­mo­bile clas­sic car show in Paris saw 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 drew on decades of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign ex­per­tise to com­plete the first Range Rover Re­born – a care­fully se­lected 1978 Clas­sic Range Rover. The Ba­hama Gold ex­am­ple (pic­tured) comes com­plete with a com­pletely re­con­di­tioned 3528cc ‘Rover’ V8 en­gine equipped with the pe­riod cor­rect Zenith-Stromberg 175CD type car­bu­ret­tor and a four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and lock­able cen­tral diff. It is one of an ini­tial pro­duc­tion run of ten three­door orig­i­nals which will un­dergo a com­plete restora­tion ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s orig­i­nal 1970’s fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion and us­ing Land Rover Clas­sic Parts to pre­serve and pro­tect the ve­hi­cle’s au­then­tic­ity. Land Rover’s ex­pe­ri­enced restora­tion team will ad­vise cus­tomers of the best op­tions for base ve­hi­cles – in terms of col­lectabil­ity, pre­ferred chas­sis num­bers and unique char­ac­ter­is­tics, with prices for com­pleted Range Rover Re­born restorations from Land Rover Clas­sic start­ing from $NZ234,400 (£135,000 GBP). Tim Han­nig – Direc­tor, Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic, told NZ4WD that: “Range Rover Re­born is an­other show­case of our ded­i­cated in-house 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 pe­riod-cor­rect colour ways 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 re­mained pop­u­lar right up to the end of the first gen­er­a­tion’s pro­duc­tion in 1996. So pop­u­lar, in fact, that pro­duc­tion of the first gen­er­a­tion con­tin­ued along­side the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion for al­most two years, and the name Clas­sic Range Rover was in­tro­duced to dis­tin­guish this model from its more mod­ern sib­ling. Be­lieved by many to have launched the SUV sec­tor, the Range Rover cer­tainly de­fined the genre of the lux­ury 4x4 ve­hi­cle, and has main­tained its po­si­tion as the ‘ultimate SUV’ to this day. Such was its im­pact on re­lease that dur­ing the 1970s a Range Rover was the first ve­hi­cle to be ex­hib­ited at the Lou­vre in Paris as an ‘ex­em­plary work of in­dus­trial de­sign’.

The first ‘Re­born Range Rover’.

Plaque guar­an­tees prove­nance.

In­stru­ments re­fur­bished and re­cal­i­brated’.

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