Classic demo chassis and Perkins Longton
In the July Roverphile, I wondered if anybody knew what had happened to the missing Range Rover driveable demonstration chassis.
So far, no joy, but I thought I’d remind readers that we’re still looking, and also point out that over the years there have been two more chassis that would qualify for the description. One was built by Mack de Venezuela, who were the importers and assemblers of Range Rovers for that country. This was for showroom use only, I believe, as it didn’t have the safety feature of a rollover bar and didn’t have the weights that were needed to make a bare chassis drive like one with a body. The picture – which came from Roger Crathorne – shows it on display. I assume it was later built up into a complete vehicle at the CKD plant in Caracas.
The other was created in Australia a few years ago, and possibly for the 65th anniversary celebrations. This one was a bit of a cheat, though, as it was made by taking the body off an early Range Rover and painting the chassis to look like the demo models!
Mack de Venezuela chassis was for showroom use only