Range Rover time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - DRIVING -

1965

Rover con­ducts a re­view and learns that Amer­i­cans are us­ing off-road­ers not just for work, but for fun too. The com­pany res­ur­rects its 1950s Road Rover con­cept and gives en­gi­neers Spen King and Gor­don Bash­ford the goa­head to de­velop their ideas.

1970

The Range Rover is launched to the world’s press in Corn­wall. It’s fit­ted with the V8 used in Rover’s P5 and P6, but Bri­tish Ley­land reins in the fund­ing so it’s only avail­able as a twodoor. The cut­backs pre­vented it from launch­ing in the very US mar­ket that in­spired it.

1981

The Range Rover fi­nally gets those rear doors – but you have to use Ma­rina han­dles to open them. FLM Panel­craft and Mon­teverdi four­door con­ver­sions had Land Rover back­ing dur­ing the 1970s, but de­mand dries up once the fac­tory model ar­rives.

1994

The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion model – co­de­named P38a – has a tricky job win­ning over the Rangie faith­ful with its more rounded looks, but the V8 re­mains and the air sus­pen­sion is a de­vel­op­ment of the ear­lier 4.2 LSE. The ear­lier car is re­named Range Rover Clas­sic.

1996

Noel Ed­monds drives the fi­nal Range Rover Clas­sic off the Lode Lane pro­duc­tion line on 22 Fe­bru­ary, bring­ing the num­ber of cars built to 317,625. The two gen­er­a­tions were pro­duced si­mul­ta­ne­ously for nearly two years.

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