Range Rover timeline
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.