Heading up for auction soon, the 1970 Range Rover #001 – There may be newer-looking Range Rovers around these days but that isn’t to say that the original first generation version, with its familiar boxy shape, doesn’t still have its supporters. In fact, it’s positively flying on the used market. The original Spen King designed Range Rover was one of the British Motor Industry’s proudest success stories. When it went out of production at the end of 1996, it still looked as fresh and forward thinking as it did back in 1970 when one was chosen for an exhibit in the Louvre as an example of modern sculpture.
The car was renamed the Range Rover Classic when the Mk.II model was introduced in the autumn of 1994, but demand continued even then. This was a car that had real international appeal selling in markets as diverse as Japan and the USA, Canada and Australia with demand often exceeding supply. Well over 300,000 Range Rovers had rolled off the production line by the time this legendary model was laid to rest; the final one being proudly displayed as part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust collection at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
Registration: YVB 151H
Chassis Number: 33500001A
Engine Number: 35500001
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Estimate (£): 100,000 – 140,000