Range Rover Royal Cer­e­mo­nial Ve­hi­cle

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driven -

In 1971, the hard-work­ing 1953 Royal 86in cer­e­mo­nial trans­port looked in need of be­ing aug­mented and so Rover’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor sug­gested the firm’s lat­est 4x4 as the ba­sis for a new ve­hi­cle. Af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions be­tween the Royal House­hold and Bri­tish Ley­land, the even­tual 1974 car be­gan life as a stan­dard Range Rover sans tail­gate doors and roof. It was then trans­formed into a ve­hi­cle fit for the Mews – one in­trigu­ing de­tail is that some of the body was made from aluminium as op­posed to steel. Dura­bil­ity is a fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment of any pa­rade car.

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