First restored model debuts in Paris
If you’re sad you missed the opportunity to purchase a first-gen Range Rover new, you have another shot. Land Rover Classic will begin selling fully restored original Range Rovers through its Reborn program.
Jaguar Land Rover will exhibit a factory-restored three-door 1978 Range Rover to the Salon Rétromobile classic car show in Paris next week. The Range Rover Reborn program carefully selects original Range Rover models and restores them to original 1970s factory specification using Land Rover Classic parts. The company says its restoration experts will advise customers on what to look for when it comes to picking the best chassis number, as well as the best options and unique characteristics that affect collectability. The Range Rover debuted in 1970, but continued production through 1996 as the Range Rover Classic. If you want a fully restored Range Rover, you’ll have to pay at least £135,000 (roughly $169,000 USD at today’s exchange rates).
The first Range Rover Reborn features a carbureted 3.5-liter V-8 producing 132 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The SUV also gets a lockable center differential and of course Land Rover’s legendary four-wheel drive system.
The debut of the Range Rover Reborn follows that of the Land Rover Series I Reborn last year. Also making an appearance at Salon Rétromobile 2017 is one of the nine Jaguar XKSS supercars that Jaguar Classic built to replace the ones destroyed in a fire 60 years ago. The cars were faithfully recreated and assume the serial numbers of the lost XKSS models.
Source: Land Rover