The original two-door Range Rover has achieved cult status among classic-car fans for its retro-chic appeal and brilliant design, but also for its enduring practicality. Not only is it a historic and highly collectable vehicle – early models in “superb” condition regularly fetch over £60,000 – it is still completely usable.
So buoyant is the market for old Range Rovers that Land Rover itself has got in on the act through the Land Rover Classic Reborn division, and at this week’s Salon Rétromobile in Paris it is unveiling one of its creations. Part of a limited series of 10 first generation, two-door Range Rovers only produced in 1970-1981, this 1978 model is being offered in as-new condition with a starting price of £135,000.
As with the Land Rover Reborn programme, these Range Rovers are being created from donor vehicles that have been bought back by the factory, stripped to the bare bones and rebuilt from the chassis up using a combination of new and old stock parts, restored and freshly fabricated items, to create an almost exact replica of what would have rolled off the production line.
The model appearing at Rétromobile is finished in of-the-era Bahama Gold and has velour seats in vibrant tan, but buyers of the other nine examples can specify any exterior/interior combination they wish, together with period accessories, bespoke additions and various subtle updates that might make the car more attuned with 21st-century life.