Range Rover

Think you can’t af­ford a two-door Rangie? This is from a batch brought over from France – and it’s not as scruffy as it looks

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - David Simis­ter

What’s it like TO drive?

The 3.5-litre V8 rum­bles into life with­out hes­i­ta­tion and doesn’t suf­fer mis­fires or tap­pet noises, of­fer­ing up a healthy note and plenty of mid-range torque. There’s a lit­tle trans­mis­sion whine but no more than you’d ex­pect from a Range Rover of this vin­tage, and there’s no crunch­ing or re­sis­tance from the four-speed man­ual. It’s also been fit­ted with over­drive – a rare ex­tra on UK mar­ket cars – which en­gages hap­pily. There’s no whin­ing or vague­ness from the power-as­sisted steer­ing, and no rat­tles or knocks from the coil-sprung sus­pen­sion.

Body­work check

There are plenty of blem­ishes on this car’s Shet­land Beige paint­work, in­clud­ing a prom­i­nent bon­net scratch, some flak­ing on the off­side whee­larch, some specks of sur­face rust on the tail­gate and an ex­ten­sive area of pim­ples on the near­side rear wing. Both bumpers are also cov­ered in scratches and would ben­e­fit from re­paint­ing, and it’s a sim­i­lar story with all four of the Rostyle steel wheels. There’s also some sur­face rust on the up­per tail­gate frame but it and the rest of the body­work are free from more se­ri­ous cor­ro­sion, with the lower tail­gate and doors be­ing in par­tic­u­larly good con­di­tion. The car also has a set of four match­ing Miche­lin tyres.

HOW’s the in­te­rior?

With the ex­cep­tions of a non-func­tion­ing speedome­ter and horn – both of which the ven­dor is sort­ing out – all the in­stru­ments and switches are present and cor­rect. The dash­board ma­te­rial is free from cracks and un­sightly marks, and while the car­pet trim and door cards could ben­e­fit from clean­ing, they’re in­tact.The big­gest job for this one is sort­ing out the head­lin­ing, which is sag­ging at the front and miss­ing at the rear. The boot’s in fine or­der and comes with the added bonus of the car’s orig­i­nal tool­kit be­ing in­tact and in good con­di­tion.

Un­der the bon­net

There’s a lot of sur­face rust and dirt on the com­po­nents, but there aren’t any signs of oil or wa­ter leaks, and the pipes and elec­tri­cal wires aren’t per­ish­ing. There’s very lit­tle in the way of his­tory sup­plied, so it’s dif­fi­cult to vouch for how well it’s been pre­vi­ously looked af­ter, but look be­yond the grubby ap­pear­ance and it’s an en­gine that feels like it’s got plenty more life left in it.

Our Ver­dict

While there’s lots of work to do to make it a show star, it’s fun­da­men­tally good once you get past the scruffy paint­work. As long as you’re pre­pared to live with left-hand drive this is a twodoor Rangie at a real world price.

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