Lot 198 - 1994 Range Rover SE (4.0 litre) Pre-production Model
|Odometer reading||131,140 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £23,000|
- • A pre-production model
- • Restored to concours condition
The Range Rover is a large luxury four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle launched in 1970 and is now in its fourth generation. In 1967, the first Range Rover prototype was built with the classic Range Rover shape clearly discernible although with a different front grille and headlight configuration. The design of the Range Rover was eventually finalised and signed off in 1969. Some 25 years after the introduction of the Range Rover, the second-generation Range Rover model designation P38A was introduced for the 1995 model year with an updated version of the Rover V8 engines. There was also the option of a 2.5 litre BMW six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This was a result of BMW's subsequent ownership of Rover Group and hence the Land Rover brand. The new model offered more equipment and premium trims and was positioned above the Land Rover Discovery to face the increased competition in the SUV marketplace. This model was the last to feature the Rover V8 engine and interior leather supplied by Connolly who sadly went out of business in 2002.
Manufactured on 28th July 1994 and originally registered on 1st August this pre-production Range Rover has recently been restored to concours condition. This 4.0 SE was used as part of the original press launch at Cliveden and still bears the original registration number of M247 CVC. The bodywork was restored by Eric Tenney of Bodycraft, the Biarritz Blue paintwork finish is excellent. The manual gearbox and transfer case were overhauled by Hardy Engineering and the engine was rebuilt by SRS Engineering. The heating and air conditioning systems were restored and operate efficiently. The air suspension has also been totally overhauled and functions exactly as it should. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with an MoT test certificate valid until 14th September 2022. A comprehensive file with invoice for all the work carried out is present as is a Heritage Certificate. This P38 Range Rover represents a significant piece of British motoring history and appears to be attractively estimated given the pre-production status and remarkable condition.
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