RANGE ROVER VOGUE 3.9
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.
Original paint; a few tiny blemishes, but rust is minimal for its age
Has worn very well
Well looked after; drives perfectly
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