Land Rover Classics are following on from the Series I Land Rover Reborn with Range Rover Reborn, just 10 Range Rover Classics made as new.
It would seem the restoration of 25 Series I Land Rovers by Land Rover Classics was such a success last year that Land Rover has decided to do the same with the Range Rover Classic, under the banner of ‘Range Rover Reborn’.
Unlike the Land Rover which had the full pants -down restoration on 25 cars, Land Rover are only planning to restore a relatively modest 10 Range Rover Classics to their full glory. And they’ll cost you a chunk more than a brand new Range Rover Autobiography V8 S/C – £135,000. More if you want extras.
But what you will get is an as new (arguably better than new) three-door, 1970s Range Rover which will be restored to original factory specification using Land Rover Classic Parts.
We assume that, if it’s an early car, it means the original rubber flooring, plastic dash and vinyl seats so you can hose out your Rangie after a day on the farm?
Land Rover Classics has already restored the first of the Range Rover Classics so potential buyers can see what they can expect.
The chosen Range Rover is a 1978 model (the Classic Rangie was built from 1970-1996) finished in Bahama Gold with the 3.5 litre V8 fed its fuel through a Zenith-Stromberg 175CD type carb – good for a whopping 132bhp and 186lb/ft of torque – with a four-speed manual gearbox and lockable centre diff.
Land Rover Classic’s Tim Hannig said:
Range Rover Reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise. It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon.
It is a wonderful way to preserve the much sought after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories.
Land Rover Classic will be rolling out this fully restored Range Rover Classic at the Salon Retromobile in Paris next week, where it will sit alongside a fully restored 1962 E-Type and one of the ‘New’ continuation Jaguar XKSS.