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1978 Range Rover reborn as new

By Daniel DeGasperi, 03 Feb 2017 News

1978 Range Rover reborn as new

Cool original Rangie first of remade and reborn breed

Okay, so it is not exactly a Range Rover Sport SVR or classic MOTOR material.

But this original 1978 Range Rover marks the first vehicle officially restored by Land Rover’s official Classic division – and that’s a bit cool, and long before SUVs were seen to be.

1978 Range Rover reborn as newThe three-door Range Rover is part of 10 vehicles primed to join a Range Rover Reborn collection by Land Rover Classic in the UK, and will be available for well-heeled buyers to purchase new (sorry, ‘reborn’).

A team has converted this Bahama Gold example back to 1970s specification using original parts, in this case with a 3.5-litre carburettor V8 petrol engine producing 98kW at 5000rpm and 251Nm at 2500rpm, teamed with a four-speed manual and lockable centre differential.

1978 Range Rover engine“[It] is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon [and] it is a wonderful way to preserve the much sought after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories,” Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig explained in a statement.

Between its 1970 launch and 1981, the Range Rover was made singularly in three-door guise. The five-door version of the vehicle widely acknowledged as the first luxury SUV joined thereafter and continued the first-generation’s long production that ended in 1996.

1978 Range Rover reborn interiorCustomers are also able to hand their vehicle to Land Rover Classic for a restoration program that the company says will start from £135,000 – or AU $220,000 post-BYO.

Land Rover Classic can also advise customers of the best used vehicle to purchase and have restored, “In terms of collectability, preferred chassis numbers and unique characteristics.”