Monday, April 5, 2010

1995 Range Rover Classic

I really like the old "Classic" Range Rover. They looked tough, but not "cartoonish tough" like so many other SUVs. They looked classy, but in a pedigreed way, not in a "let's make a truck look like a luxury car" way. It's hard to explain. There's just something about old Range Rovers that I find appealing.

I've often thought about buying one. I've looked at quite a few, even made a few offers, but for one reason or another, I haven't owned one yet.

1995 was the last year of the old body style in the US (England got a few in 1996). It was the only year with the Discovery derived / inspired dash and center console. The short wheel base (SWB) Range Rover (which by 1995 was called the Range Rover "Classic") was sold side by side with the new-style Range Rover in 1995. (Rover had stopped shipping the long wheel base - LWB - "Classic" in late 1994.) It didn't sell particularly well and many remained unsold well into 1996, despite being $10,000.00 cheaper than the new model.

For a vehicle that made its name by taking on jungles and deserts, it wasn't especially durable on the streets of America. The rear window frames rusted as did the frame mounts. The air suspension can be troublesome. Headgaskets can be a problem if the vehicle's cooling system isn't properly maintained. The headliners on all old Range Rovers start to sag after awhile.

This 1995 SWB Range Rover has had some of the usual repairs done, i.e the headliner, along with some of the typical upgrades, including the coil spring conversion.

In my eyes, black is the best color for an old Range Rover. It blends nicely with the black rear pillar (it's black on any color Ranger Rover) and gives it a very clean look.

As I mentioned, I've spent a lot of time looking at old Range Rovers. This is one the nicest I've seen.

Located in Los Angeles, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

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