Lot 209 - 1975 Range Rover ‘Suffix D’
|£62,000 - £78,000
- Incredible full ‘nut and bolt’ restored example
- Circa £70,000 restoration bill
- Original matching numbers Suffix D
Right from the beginning, the Range Rover represented something of a lifestyle movement. Although considered rudimentary by today’s standards, the ‘Suffix A’ was billed as a ‘Four-In-One’ car. It was a luxury car, a performance car, an estate and, of course, a cross-country car. They were launched with the ubiquitous Rover V8 engine which delivered 135bhp but, more importantly, 185lb/ft of torque. Various improvements were made through the suffixes (A-F) with the 1976 suffix D benefitting from improved carburettors, interior lighting in the headlining and more luxurious carpeting on the transmission tunnel.
This ‘D’ suffix two-door Range Rover was delivered new to its new owner through Crabtree and Nicol Ltd of Doncaster in January 1975. This spectacular example has recently undergone a total 1,000+ hour, nut and bolt restoration costing in excess of £70,000. The running gear has been stripped and rebuilt using new parts as required. Fitted with up rated springs and shock absorbers, an electronic ignition and SU carburettors. The bodywork has been stripped, repaired, or replaced as found necessary and the interior has been fully retrimmed and restored to near original specification. The bodywork is painted in its original colour of Masai Red and is finished to a very high standard. The body frame, panels and chassis have been fully treated with anti-corrosion coatings to further extend the service life of this wonderful car.
The vehicle is now absolutely superb, representing all that it became famous for when first manufactured. These were undoubtedly the best 4X4 produced, creating a vehicle where the occupants felt at home on a farm, in a field, or indeed heading out for a night out! Fully restored Range Rovers such as this come with a significant waiting list and are highly sought after, and this superb one in Masai Red is available to be driven away now -although we should note having only covered 7 miles on the road since its completion, this vehicle will require running-in-… It is surely a wonderful investment which could be either kept as part of a collection or used as daily mode of transport.
*The vendor will produce a full pack of invoices and photographs of the restoration for any successful bidder
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