1970 Range Rover

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

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, the United States, 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 displayed as part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust collection at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

Unusually, the vehicle retains all its matching-numbers components: chassis, engine, gearbox and axles, as well as the original body shell and aluminum bonnet. Sold with a warranted mileage of 86,950 miles and fresh MoT, the car has ventured out on a limited number of occasions over the years for various photographic assignments and promotional shoots.

Paul Hardiman

Paul Hardiman - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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