Considered to be one of the finest Range Rovers in the world, the first-generation Range Rover (now coined Range Rover Classic) was produced between 1970 and 1996 and initially only two-door models were built, followed by the four-door from 1980/1981.
First launched in 1970, the Range Rover S1 was billed as a “Four-In-One” car. It was a luxury car, a performance car, an estate car and of course, a cross-country car. The marketing for the model was spot-on, the car was truly “go anywhere” and combined family practicality with comfort. Even to this day Range Rover use the S1 to promote the current line of Range Rovers – the model is a design icon.
The first generation of cars were labelled the suffix-A and were launched with the ubiquitous Rover V8 3.5 litre petrol engine which delivered 135bhp but more importantly 185lb/ft of torque. Mated to a 4-speed gearbox with a lockable centre differential, the Range Rover pulls well in all gears and is more than capable of keeping up with modern traffic.
Whilst certainly up-market compared to preceding Land Rover models, the early Range Rovers had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards that were designed to be washed down with a hose. Convenience features such as power-assisted steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats and wooden interior trim became more common later on in the production run. Marketed as 'A Car for All Reasons', the Range Rover was more capable off-road than the Land Rover and was much more comfortable, whilst also offering a top speed of almost 100mph.
Various improvements were made through the suffixes (A-F) with the 1976-77 suffix D benefitting from improved carburettors, interior lighting in the headlining and more luxurious carpeting on the transmission tunnel.
The car available for sale at Classic Insider is an original RHD 3 door Range Rover S1 Suffix D in Lincoln Green with correct Palomino Ambla Leather-cloth Interior. It is an increasingly popular modern classic 4x4 and the ultimate Town & Country workhorse. Originally delivered in Australia, the current keeper bought the car from Classic Throttle Shop 6 years ago, self imported and registered the car in Hong Kong.
The bodywork is in largely excellent condition and the interior trim remains fresh. Mechanically the car is superbly restored, starting on the button and driving very well. Anyone who has undertaken a similar restoration will appreciate the enormous cost and heartache involved in getting a vehicle up to this standard. This vehicle is rapidly increasing in value due to the factory reborn program, which cost upwards of $1 Million dollars. Therefore this Suffix D is a very rare chance to own a great condition Range Rover 3 door Classic
New coil springs and shock absorbers have been fitted, the carburettors have been overhauled, every part checked for safety and usability, and recently the car was fully serviced with fresh fluids throughout. The robust and powerful 3.5-litre V8 engine holds excellent oil pressure, and the 4-speed LT95 gearbox is as smooth as ever one of these was. The air-conditioning, Power assisted steering and Inertia front seat safety belt reel mount, were fitted when new.
Body: 2 Doors
Exterior: Lincoln Green
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 230 KM (Recently changed. Old unit stopped at 25,846 KM)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: First delivered and registered in Australia, presented in the colour combination of Lincoln Green over interior with classic white wheels. This 3.5L 4 speed manual V8 example was bought by the current owner in Australia in 2014, imported and registered in Hong Kong in October 2014. Currently showing 0 previous owners on VRD. The car is carefully kept in a good cosmetic condition and restored to excellent mechanical condition throughout. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
The enduring Spencer King-designed Range Rover
Very desirable early 2-door version with 3.5 V8 engine, fully restored at over $500,000 cost
A very well sorted and correct example that comes with history file and owner's manual
Classic Insider condition score: 90 points out of 100
Original. Very well-kept and consistently maintained. Exterior has been refreshed in Australia and showing some correct patina for the age. The paint still looks fresh and brightwork still shiny. Original wheels are refurbished and comes with new off road tires. The Interior is original, seats, dash, carpets and door cards are restored. Air Conditioning equipped and in excellent working condition. Mechanically excellent, Engine bay is kept clean and tidy. Service records shows consistent service but odometer has stopped working and replaced with new unit recently. Owner's Manual, Jack, spare wheel and tool presented. Road tax till Jan 2021.
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2020 Driven Motorwerks
New Alternator belt
New Toyo Open Country tires set of 4
Power Steering overhauled overseas
New power steering pump and new hose
New Holley Fuel Pump
New column switch/ indicator
Full annual service
Check AC System, charge freon, replaced AC dryer/ hose
Replaced Brake Master Cylinder, Slave Cylinder, all lines
Replaced all clutch hydraulics
New Clutch Master Cylinder, Slave Cylinder, hoses
Installed fuel filler hose
Replaced Speedometer and cables
Refresh paint on driver's door, clay cleansing, steam clean interior/ exterior
2019 Driven Motorwerks
Custom aluminium High performance Radiator and fan installed
Annual service with fluid change, clean Spark plugs and change filters
Remove and Tune Carbs, clean jets, adjust piston, diaphram & float levels
New rear Wiper arm and blade
Interior upholstery replaced (roof lining, seats repair, custom carpet set, dash leather)
2018 Driven Motorwerks
Full stainless steel exhaust cat back system installed
Dual high performance fan and relay installed
New door rubber seal
New AC pump and dryer
Annual service with fluid changed
2017 Driven Motorwerks
New bonnet side mirror
New water pump, hydraulic tappet, push rod, camshaft sprocket, timing chain
Annual Service with fluid changed
New exhaust manifold gasket
New sliding window gasket
Sand blast and repaint various interior/ exterior parts, door handles, engine bay
Main electrical harness rebuild
New windshield glass and seal
New fuel pump harness with relays
Annual service with fluid changed
New front grill, instrument binnacle, cigar lighter, wheel nuts, coin tray, floor mat, trims, Cbelt, drive belt, main bearing set.
2016 Driven Motorwerks
New Steering drop arm, track rod end, steering box
Power steering belt, pump.
New suspension bush, shock absorber, ball joint
Front and Rear brake pads
New Spark Plugs
Panasonic radio installed
Retrofit brake pump & master cylinder with hoses
AC Leakage fixed
**Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
The Range Rover Classic is a 4x4, mid-size Sport utility vehicle series produced from 1969 to 1996 – initially by the Rover (later Land Rover) division of British Leyland, and latterly by the Rover Group. The first generation of vehicles produced under the Range Rover name, it was built as a two-door model for its first 11 years, until a four-door also became available in 1981. The two-door version remained available until 1994, the year when the second generation was launched. At that time, Land Rover rebranded the original Range Rover under the newly coined term "Range Rover Classic", to distinguish it from its P38A successor, when the two were briefly built alongside, and applied the name retrospectively to all first-generation Range Rovers.
Although formally superseded by the second generation Range Rover, starting in 1994 – both the successor and the more affordable first and second series of the Land Rover Discovery were heavily based on the original Range Rover's chassis, drive-train and body-structure, which in essence lived on until the third generation Discovery arrived, and its mechanical blood-line ended in 2004.
The launch of the Land Rover in 1948 allowed the landed gentry, and none more landed than the Royal Family, easy access to the far-flung parts of their estates and. naturally, Land Rover gained the Royal Warrant from His Majesty King George VI in 1951. Although the Land Rover was more than capable of conveying its driver and passengers through the stickiest of terrain it was a utilitarian vehicle and offered little in the way of luxury. Even the launch of the eye-wateringly expensive and thus short-lived Land Rover Station Wagon by Tickford in 1948 failed to meet the demand for a comfortable four-wheel drive car.
The launch of the Spencer King designed Range Rover in 1971 was hailed from town to country with its powerful 3.5-litre petrol V8 capable of conquering virtually all terrain in comfort. The Royal Family were first in the queue and have owned every model since launch to the current, either in standard production form or with bespoke features. Archival photographs through to the present day show The Queen and her family at the wheel or alighting from a Range Rover more so than any other model of car.
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