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The Range Rover has stood as the quintessential luxury SUV ever since Land Rover pulled the covers off of the model in 1970. Back then, it was deemed as a luxurious alternative to Land Rover. That sentiment has stood the test of time, and a discussion on luxury SUVs today will always include the Range Rover.

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The Land Rover was born out of desperation from a war-torn country where the message to industry in general, and carmakers in particular, was ‘export or die’… and a Rover big wig wanting to do some gardening! The MD of Rover was Spencer Wilks and whilst pondering the fi rst problem, his brother, Maurice had one of his own.

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A long awaited all-new Range Rover design was introduced to the world in late 1994. The designers had a tough challenge with the Classic Range Rover being a most difficult act to follow. Since the Range Rover had moved well up-market from its original marketing concept, there was an effort to position the new vehicle as more attractive to the prospective Jaguar, BMW or Mercedes buyer in terms of pavement performance, while retaining class-leading off-road abilities. Most reviews in the automotive press agree they succeeded to a considerable degree, combining conservative design with several innovative engineering achievements.

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I once owned a 1995 Range Rover. Looking back, I’m not entirely sure why this happened, but I suspect it may have something to do with a well-known car enthusiast theory about British cars: “they can’t all be that bad.”

Last week, Murilee’s junkyard find stirred up memories of my Range Rover, primarily because mine was about as reliable as the one Murilee found in the junkyard. It also spent just as much time moving under its own power.

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1979 Range Rover ‘Classic’ 4×4 Estate
Registration no. BOM 437V
Chassis no. 35659527G
Engine no. 34129727

*Early two-door ‘Classic’ model
*Only two owners and 5,635 miles from new
*Outstandingly original
*Recently re-commissioned after 34 years in storage

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This year marks the 21st anniversary of Land Rover’s introduction of the Autobiography designation – then and now the pinnacle of the Range Rover model line-up. Across two decades Autobiography has denoted the ultimate combination of Land Rover design and luxury, adapting with changing customer tastes and preferences to remain a benchmark in the premium SUV market.

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f you thought you had seen the most exclusive off-roader ever, have a look at this gorgeous custom car. Completely bespoke from the interior to the exterior, the Holland and Holland Ranger Rover by Overfinch marks the reinterpretation of the iconic and luxurious Range Rover. The custom car is a joint partnership between prestigious British gunmakerHolland and Holland, luxury car manufacturer Land Rover and Overfinch’s bespoke craftsmanship.

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