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In the world of SUVs, Range Rover is the gold standard and if you’re looking for a simple, classic design that has aged tastefully and covets a global cult following manufacturers could only wish for – a two-door is the perfect proposition.
There are three key reasons to collect/own a classic Range Rover.
1. The Range Rover was the first car to win the Paris-Dakar Rally.
2. It’s spartan, practical and timeless design was good enough to be exhibited permanently in the Louvre as a leading-edge example of industrial design.
3. The construction and sale of the Range Rover began in 1970, and it was sold in exactly the same condition and appearance as the 1966 prototype through to 1994. Its basic design remained largely unchanged for 28 years, a remarkable uniqueness within the automotive industry.
An all-weather, tackle any terrain squire, the Range Rover features a light weight all-aluminium 135 horsepower 3.5 litre V8 giving balanced and smooth power delivery, an LT95 ‘long stick’ combined gearbox that gives that mechanical “click”, “click” gearshift feel, power steering as standard from 1980 models onwards, iconic Silver steel alloys, long travel suspension for stability and exceptional axle articulation and spectacular elevated 360° views of the outside world now synonymous with the car along with its metal vertical-slatted front grille and folding rear tail-gate.
The special car is an incredible find. Offered here is a 1978 Range Rover Classic two-door Suffix F that has had the luxury of having just one owner from new and travelled only 140,000 kilometers since new as well.
Corresponding to its original bill of sale accompanying the car, the owner was a lifelong employee of British Leyland who ordered the car exactly as it presents today in Saraha Dust over Tan seats and carpets.
The original log books state “Supplied by Leyland Aust, Staff Purchase” in the first page and the owner has been quoted in magazines stating the car “has never had a puncture!”. That along with the original sheep-skin seat covers that protected the seats since new and still accompany the car are tell-tale signs of the way this car has been cherished.
The recipient of more than a few club concours awards in its time, this exceptionally rare car is in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition with a service just completed to prepare it for its next custodian and it’s original exterior from the correct Made in England tail lamp clusters and original (usually replaced) rear glass tail-gate to the original brushed nylon interior in excellent condition there wouldn’t be another example like this Classic in the country.
The drive is also superb. Torquey engine performance with light steering, easy to reach controls, 360 Deg views of the world passing by you and practical. Automotive influencer Harry Metcalf from Harry’s Garage famously said, “you can even throw a dead sheep in the back”.
Accompanied by its complete suite of history books and original warranty receipts this once in a lifetime find offers not only an interesting investment opportunity but the chance to own probably the best kept Range Rover two-door in the country.