1973 RANGE ROVER SERIES I
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 173
Year : 1973
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : TLM 373M
Chassis No. : 35507499 B
Engine No. : 35513887 B
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The first-generation Range Rover was produced between 1970 and
1996. The original car was not designed as a luxury 4x4; whilst
certainly up-market compared to preceding Land Rover models, the
early Range Rovers had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with
vinyl seats and plastic dashboards that were designed to be washed
down with a hose. Convenience features such as power assisted
steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats
and wooden interior trim were fitted later in the production run.
The Range Rover also served as the base for specialist utility
vehicles including fire engines and command centres for the army
and police. Marketed as 'A Car For All Reasons', the Range Rover
was more capable off-road than the Land Rover but was much more
comfortable, offering a top speed in excess of 100mph.

Finished in Bahama Gold with beige trim, this early Range Rover
has a 'B' suffix chassis number and presents in excellent condition
having benefitted from significant time and investment of late. The
current vendor has owned TLM 373M since September, 2013 and has
commissioned work through 'Insideout 4X4' in Capel, Surrey. When he
purchased this Range Rover, it was a good clean tidy example;
however the fastidious owner wanted to turn her into one of the
very best examples. Recent work has included new radiator, petrol
tank, shock absorbers and rear cross member; the chassis was
thoroughly cleaned and waxoyled. Whilst the heritage certificate
shows the car was built on 30th August 1973, there are a
few quirky things on this car that are in keeping with the 'A'
suffix cars. Firstly, the front axle is numbered 35508057 A, the
fuel filler neck is extendable, wingard mirrors are fitted, it has
a starting handle, centre bonnet catch and no rear window
wash/wipe. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a
current MoT test certificate valid until 10th March,
2017, together with a history folder containing the original
service books, recent invoices and magazine articles written about
this car; early Range Rovers have become increasingly desirable of
late and good examples are much sought after.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170