RANGE ROVER VOGUE 3.9

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Year of man­u­fac­ture 1991 Recorded mileage 126,081 Ask­ing price £10,995 Ven­dor Pri­moris 4x4 Ltd, Long Compton, War­wick­shire; tel: 01242 898986; www.pri­moris4x4.co.uk

WHEN IT WAS NEW Price £26,595 Max power 185bhp Max torque 235lb ft 0-60mph 11.1 secs Top speed 109mph Mpg 21

This base-model 3.9 is in­cred­i­bly well pre­served. The orig­i­nal ser­vice book shows 14 stamps up to 100,036 miles in Oc­to­ber 2000, and old Mots show it has only cov­ered 2000 miles in the past seven years. Still in its orig­i­nal paint, now show­ing a few tiny bub­bles and two small dings, it presents very nicely.

Most im­por­tant, it is al­most rot-free, prob­a­bly thanks to be­ing well Wax­oyled. The chas­sis is ex­cel­lent, with only a lit­tle sur­face rust start­ing on the rear cor­ners of the sills, plus in the cor­ners of the door shuts above them, but it hasn’t es­ca­lated to per­fo­ra­tion yet, and has been left ‘hon­est’ rather than blown over. The worst part we could find in the whole shell is that the right front body mount and the in­ner wing above it are a lit­tle crusty, but still solid. The tail­gate is good, bumper faces are scuff-free and the wheels have been re­fin­ished, with new nuts added, shod with Goodyear Wran­glers. The al­loy spare still has its orig­i­nal Miche­lin, un­used, and the un­touched jack and tools re­main clipped in place. The par­cel shelf is still present, and there’s a load liner, too.

The rest of the in­te­rior is as good, with slight wear show­ing to the driver’s seat and arm­rest velour, good car­pets, mats and dash plas­tics, and an un­worn rear seat with a sin­gle mark. The tim­ber in­serts’ lac­quer is lightly cracked, as usual, there’s one small mark in the right-rear door trim, and the head­lin­ing is new, re­plac­ing the sag­ging orig­i­nal. The elec­tric win­dows and sun­roof all work.

The mo­tor is tidy, wear­ing a new air-flow me­ter and idle con­trol valve, and flu­ids are clean­ish and new, as are the clutch mas­ter and slave cylin­ders. The ex­haust is af­ter­mar­ket and quite fresh-look­ing, the head­ers wrapped in heat in­su­la­tion. Un­der­neath, all the sus­pen­sion rub­bers look in ex­cel­lent or­der.

It starts easily and drives very pleas­antly, with a good, well-damped ride and the nicest gearchange of any man­ual Rangie that we’ve en­coun­tered. High and low ranges se­lect easily. There’s plenty of go from the in­jected 3.9 V8 and the brakes are firm, pulling up straight with short pedal travel. It is sold with a three-month war­ranty on ma­jor me­chan­i­cals, and an MOT un­til March.

SUM­MARY

EX­TE­RIOR

Orig­i­nal paint; a few tiny blem­ishes, but rust is min­i­mal for its age

IN­TE­RIOR

Has worn very well

ME­CHAN­I­CALS

Well looked after; drives per­fectly

VALUE ★★★★★★★★★✩

For Su­per-orig­i­nal con­di­tion

Against No air-con – but that’s one less thing to go wrong

SHOULD I BUY IT?

If you’ve looked at sev­eral un­re­stored rusty Range Rovers, this will come as a rev­e­la­tion. It’s sen­si­ble money and we liked it for not be­ing an auto, too

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