Lot 149 - 1979 Range Rover
|Odometer reading||11,917 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
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.
This very original Range Rover was supplied to South Africa and is finished in the period colour of Sunburst Yellow. The body panels appear to be virtually original and the interior trim remains as it left the factory, albeit for a little wear on the driver’s seat bolster. The factory supplied radio is still in the car as is the jack and manual crank tool. The roof lining is in good condition and looks to have been replaced with a suede buttoned liner whilst the front and rear floors are covered with a South African specification PVC finish together with the large centre console. The vehicle also benefits from air conditioning. We are advised the 3.5 litre V8 engine performs well and the vehicle drives with no known faults. Supplied with V5C registration document and a full years MoT test certificate, this car also benefits from having a stainless steel exhaust system fitted. It is rare to find such examples today, these classic shape two door Range Rovers are increasingly difficult to find, particularly in this condition.
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