Lot 199 - 1983 Range Rover Classic (Four Door)
|Odometer reading||19,108 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,000|
The first generation Range Rover was initially not designed as a luxury 4x4; while certainly up-market compared to preceding Land Rover models, the early Range Rovers had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards designed to be washed down with a hose. Features such as power assisted steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats, and wooden interior trim were fitted later. The Range Rover was a body-on-frame design with a box section ladder type chassis similar to contemporary Land Rovers. It utilised coil springs as opposed to leaf springs, permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel disc brakes and was originally powered by the Rover V8 engine.
This represents an early four-door model still sporting the now-coveted Mk. I interior including the early binnacle with Smiths instruments, early front-end design and Rostyle steel wheels. It benefits however from the original velour interior and carpets and importantly, has undergone a full panel-off, photographic restoration. The condition is therefore sound throughout and, importantly, still bares the correct paint colour of 'Sandglow'. With prices buoyant for these early Range Rovers, do not confuse quality with price; however, this has been rebuilt properly and priced sensibly.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.