NXc 231H: yours for £99k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

One of the most sought af­ter Range Rover Clas­sics is for sale. NXC 231H may be chas­sis num­ber 26, but the first 25 pro­to­types were test mules, badged Ve­lar and wear­ing YVB reg­is­tra­tion let­ters. This is the first of the 20-strong batch of NXC Solihull pre­fixes, built in May 1970 for the ve­hi­cle’s press launch, and unashamedly badged Range Rover.

Its hugely ex­ten­sive restora­tion was com­pleted in 2014 by Range Rover afi­cionado An­drew Hony­church, who now of­fers the ve­hi­cle for sale at £99,000. It was the sub­ject of a fea­ture in CCW’s sis­ter ti­tle Land Rover Owner. Hony­church has owned the ve­hi­cle since 2001, and with the help of Phil Bashall at Dunsfold Land Rover had been squir­relling away gen­uine parts for the ve­hi­cle’s even­tual restora­tion, in the knowl­edge that they wouldn’t be avail­able for­ever. Since its 2014 me­dia ap­pear­ances it’s lived a quiet life as part of Hony­church’s pri­vate col­lec­tion,

NXC 231H doesn’t have its orig­i­nal V8, but fea­tures such as the ul­tra-rare orig­i­nal seats – worth up to £10,000 – and pre-pro­duc­tion alu­minium bon­net re­ally set this ve­hi­cle apart. An­drew says: ‘I’m pretty ag­nos­tic about it. It’s a show­room car, and if it sells it sells.’ theo Ford-Sagers ❚ www.hony­church.com

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