Lot 173 - 1973 Range Rover Series I

Lot 173 - 1973 Range Rover Series I

Lot 173 - 1973 Range Rover Series I

Lot Number 173
Registration TLM 373M
Chassis Number 35507499 B
Engine Number 35513887 B
Odometer reading 19,433 miles
Estimate £24,000 - £28,000
Result Sold - £22,960

The first-generation Range Rover was produced between 1970 and 1996. The original car was not designed as a luxury 4x4; 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 were fitted later in the production run. The Range Rover also served as the base for specialist utility vehicles including fire engines and command centres for the army and police. Marketed as 'A Car For All Reasons', the Range Rover was more capable off-road than the Land Rover but was much more comfortable, offering a top speed in excess of 100mph.

Finished in Bahama Gold with beige trim, this early Range Rover has a 'B' suffix chassis number and presents in excellent condition having benefitted from significant time and investment of late. The current vendor has owned TLM 373M since September, 2013 and has commissioned work through 'Insideout 4X4' in Capel, Surrey. When he purchased this Range Rover, it was a good clean tidy example; however the fastidious owner wanted to turn her into one of the very best examples. Recent work has included new radiator, petrol tank, shock absorbers and rear cross member; the chassis was thoroughly cleaned and waxoyled. Whilst the heritage certificate shows the car was built on 30th August 1973, there are a few quirky things on this car that are in keeping with the 'A' suffix cars. Firstly, the front axle is numbered 35508057 A, the fuel filler neck is extendable, wingard mirrors are fitted, it has a starting handle, centre bonnet catch and no rear window wash/wipe. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 10th March, 2017, together with a history folder containing the original service books, recent invoices and magazine articles written about this car; early Range Rovers have become increasingly desirable of late and good examples are much sought after.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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