Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1972 Range Rover

In the US we were officially introduced to the Range Rover in 1987. By that time the basic vehicle was 17 years old.

The luxurious, 4 door Range Rover we first saw was a far cry from the vehicle introduced in England in 1970.

The Range Rover was introduced as a 2 door. The 4 door we know in the US did not come along until 1981. It was meant to be a slightly upmarket alternative to the Land Rover "Station Wagon". "Upmarket" being a relative term.

The original Range Rover was a basic utility vehicle. No A/C, no power windows, no power steering, no wood trim... none of what we expect today in a Range Rover. There wasn't even any carpeting. The seats were vinyl and the dash was plastic. This was done so you could literally hose down the interior. (Imagine the looks you'd get today at a self-serve carwash as you spray water into the interior of this vehicle!)
The 1972 Range Rover being offered for sale on eBay has to be one of the nicest in the US. Besides it's near perfect condition, this vehicle is left hand drive, making it very, very desirable.

Almost sadly, this Range Rover is too rare and in too good of a condition to be used as it was meant to be used. It's a show car now. There's really nothing wrong with that, though. It's really nice to see a vehicle in this condition. You see all the basics of the Range Rover we got in the US, but at the same time you get to see just how different that vehicle is from the original Range Rover concept.

Being offered by a self-described "Land Rover enthusiast", this Range Rover has been restored to a very high quality. Located in Miami, FL, click here to see the eBay listing.

No comments: