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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

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