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Range Rover (1970–95)
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Range Rover/Range Rover Classic. 1970–95 (prod. 317,615). 3- and 5-door estate, 5-door LWB estate. F/A, 2785 cm³ diesel (I5 OHC), 2393, 2495, 2499 cm³ diesel (I6 OHC), 3528, 3947, 4273 cm³ (V8 OHV). The pioneering sports-utility vehicle, not that the term was coined on its release in 1970. Seen as an estate that could bridge the gap between city and country and not that well appointed. Began with 100 in wheelbase, ex-Buick V8. Three-door only until 1981 while coachbuilders made a good living in the 1970s converting Range Rovers. Gradually more luxurious through 1980s. Fuel injection in 1985; two-door model deleted. VM Motori turbodiesel option 1986. V8 bored out to 3947 cm³ in 1989 and diesel replaced with 2499 cm³ VM unit. Three-door bodyshell returned briefly in 1991 with CSK (named after Charles Spencer King, the car’s creator) limited edition (200 only). In 1992, electronic traction control, ABS and other luxuries added; VM unit dropped for Land Rover’s own 200 TDi (2495 cm³). Long-wheelbase models the same year, with 3947 and 4273 cm³ engines. Airbags added for driver and passenger 1994, and 300 TDi engine replaced 200 TDi just prior to model change. By end of this generation, Range Rovers were often seen as luxury cars with the added advantage of going off-road. For a short time, sold alongside second-generation model as Range Rover Classic.

Manufacturing location: Solihull, West Midlands, England

Marques: Rover, Land Rover | Model: Range Rover | Successor: Range Rover (1995–2002)


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