Value My Classic

WHO David Simister WHAT 1980 Range Rover FLM 4dr MILES (1)57,250 PROVENANCE Owned since new MODS Con­verted from 2dr HOW MANY LEFT? 2

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I bought it in Fe­bru­ary 1988 for £3705 through a Bri­tish Nu­clear Fu­els em­ployee auc­tion of sur­plus goods. It’s only used for gen­eral du­ties around town now, and oc­ca­sional trips out, but was pre­vi­ously our main fam­ily ve­hi­cle, and some­times ap­pears in CCW’s Our Clas­sics pages, thanks to my son (and CCW ed­i­tor) David. It has been well looked af­ter and garaged when not in use. I’ve kept on top of all the usual main­te­nance and the chas­sis, floor, sills etc are all rust-free.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

It had quite an in­ter­est­ing early life. It was used as a po­lice es­cort ve­hi­cle for eight years for ship­ments of spe­cial nu­clear ma­te­ri­als. That was in orig­i­nal two-door form, but it was con­verted to a four-door af­ter a few years. I re­mem­ber it be­ing on site as a four-door where I worked in Pre­ston for a cou­ple of years, af­ter it came down from Sel­lafield.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

It’s just had a new power steer­ing box and ra­di­a­tor. Some of the paint needs tidy­ing up and there’s the odd dint to deal with. It runs well, but the V8 would ben­e­fit from some TLC. It has re­cently passed an MoT with no ad­vi­sories.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

The con­ver­sion from two- to four­door was done around 1983 by FLM Panel­craft at the re­quest of the po­lice fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent. Mar­que ex­pert, James Tay­lor, thinks that it is one of the last the com­pany did – Land Rover had been build­ing its own four-doors for two years by then. Apart from that it’s com­pletely orig­i­nal.

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