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SATURDAY 4th MARCH 2017
BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, BROOKLANDS ROAD, WEYBRIDGE
1989 RANGE ROVER CLASSIC TD
(Suffix - A Styling)
|Odometer reading||97,412 km|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
The first generation Range Rover was produced between 1970 and 1996 although the original car was not designed as a luxury-type 4x4; while certainly up-market compared to preceding Land Rover models, the early Range Rovers had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards designed to be washed down with a hose. Features such as power assisted steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats and wooden interior trim were fitted later. The Range Rover was a body-on-frame design with a box section ladder type chassis similar to contemporary Land Rovers. The Range Rover utilised coil springs as opposed to leaf springs, permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel disc brakes and was originally powered by the Rover V8 engine.
This lefthand drive, two-door Range Rover was originally used in Madrid and was repatriated to the UK in 2015. The vendor quickly realised this was a Range Rover that had been very well cared for with no signs of corrosion. The 2393cc diesel engine is a very strong unit and, when mated to a manual gearbox such as this Range Rover, it becomes a pleasure to drive. Mechanically, this is a very well sorted example with no known faults. However, the beauty in G252 RSO is in the styling. The vendor had the car re-sprayed in Shire Blue but prior to doing so, changed the appearance to make the car look like 'Suffix-A' example. The bumpers front and rear have been painted in silver and a vertical aluminium grille and headlamp surrounds fitted. The car has been completely re-badged to suffix-A specification giving the car a retro look of the 70's yet reliability of a much later car. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate, together with a good history folder confirming the low mileage, this is a Range Rover that needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated.
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