► 1978 three-door Range Rover Classic
► Part of Land Rover’s Reborn programme
► Shown at Retromobile, price £135,000
Land Rover is showcasing its latest Reborn restoration programme at Retromobile this month – with an immaculately revived Range Rover Classic.
It’s an early three-door Rangie restored to 1978 factory spec, following the template set by the Series I Reborn revealed in 2016.
Price? A stonking £135,000 minimum, depending on the final spec and original condition of your project.
What’s behind the trend for manufacturer restorations?
Just look at what Singer is doing with classic Porsches: old bodyshells, lovingly restored – and modified – pepped up with modern mechanicals.
It’s a formula that works, especially in an age when many collectors believe the romance has been removed from modern cars.
Land Rover Classic works to a more original bent, essentially restoring classic models to their showroom condition.
The company will source the original donor cars, included in the price; an initial run of 10 cars has been confirmed, but it will not be a limited run – if demand continues, further cars will be converted, Land Rover told CAR.
Range Rover Classic: in detail
The three-door Rangie to be shown at Retromobile is painted Bahama Gold and built to factory spec:
- Engine 3528cc V8 petrol
- Power 132bhp @ 5000rpm
- Torque 186lb ft @ 2500rpm
- Transmission Four-speed manual transmission, lockable central differential
The boss of JLR Classic
Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: ‘Range Rover Reborn… is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon.
‘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.’
The car will be shown at Retromobile alongside Jaguar Classic’s New Original XKSS and a Series I E-type coupe.
Salon Retromobile is held in Paris from 8 to 12 February 2017.
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