Lot 195 - 1972 Range Rover Classic (Suffix A)
|Odometer reading||19,219 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,640|
With its iconic boxy shape, the original first-generation Range Rover Classic became the British Motoring Industries proudest production, with a long production run of 1970 - 1996. A car with an international appeal, attracting buyers from across the globe including diverse markets from Japan, Canada, Australia and USA. Covering many bases, the Range Rover Classic was known to be a 'four-in-one' car; luxury, performance, estate and cross country. Initially only available in a two-door body style until 1981, before the release of the four-door model, the Range Rover packed in a 3.5 litre, V8 under the bonnet running Zenith-Stromberg CD2S carburettors allowing the SUV to run at extreme changing altitudes without fault. All pulled along by a four-speed gearbox and lockable centre differential only instead of the originally released Salisbury Powr-Lok lockable limited-slip diff which was phased out December 1970.
Displayed in the iconic Sahara Dust finish and paired with a beautifully presented clean tan leather interior, this original righthand drive 1972 Range Rover Suffix A is the perfect addition to any enthusiasts growing collection. This early Suffix A has grown into a genuine collectors’ car and leads the charge in both rarity and price. First registered in March 1972 and delivered to an Alexander Contract Rentals of Northampton, it was well kept and managed to maintain an original owner’s manual and a 'Rover Passport to Service' with a consistent service stamped ‘Maintenance Schedule’ starting from 1972 to 1977. In 2003, the Range Rover moved to the Netherlands and was supplied there via Jansen Range Rover Parts, a company still trading today. On 11th June 2004, the car was purchased by Mr. J. Bosman in the Netherlands, who owned it until October 2013 when this fine example was returned to the UK. The then new owner Mr. Wiltshire set out to repair the Range Rover for the next two years, fitting new footwells, fuel tank and replacing the existing cylinder heads with period-correct replacements. Accompanied by a comprehensive history folder full of parts receipts including an invoice from Cotswold Jaguar Care in March 2014 for several repairs which included fitting new inner wings, painting panels with rust protection and a new exhaust system. To complete his repairs, Wiltshire had the car sent to a Cheltenham rolling road in 2014 for a check-over and some fine tuning.
Although subjected to past bodywork, the Range Rover boasts a superb Sahara Dust finish with no major imperfections. Sitting on original Rostyle rollers, displayed in clean and wear-free condition, each corner features plenty of tread with miles left in them. The tan leather seats remain in great condition with little to no wear, the bolsters and padding are still firm and plump, the dash retains original Jaeger instruments which, we are informed, are all in perfect working condition and the dashboard remains crack free with clean unmisted dials. Mechanically, we are informed, the 3.5-litre, V8 roars down the road pulled along by a firm and precise four-speed transmission. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a presentable engine bay with no odd noises or other issues to note.
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