Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 125
Year : 1995
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : SALHC1341SA652856
Estimate : US$ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 36,960
Range Rover Classic 4x4 Estate Sold


2,000cc inline 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
125bhp at 4,000 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission with Locking Transfer Case
Solid Front and Rear Axles
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Late 'Classic' model with dual airbag dash
*Fully restored by specialist JE Robison
*Diesel Engine with 5 speed manual
*Great daily driver with go anywhere capability
This particular LWB Land Rover was delivered new to the Dallas area in 1994. It then passed through 4 other owners, until acquired by the consigner in 2015. The Range Rover was in overall good condition, but the owner decided to build the ultimate Range Rover Classic. This task was entrusted to renowned British Car Specialist John Robison, at J.E. Robison Service.
European specification Land Rovers could be ordered with Diesel engines and manual transmissions. The 300TDI offered superior power and fuel economy to the gas powered V8, so the first step was to replace the original motor with an available TDI unit paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. These options were never available to US Land Rover clients. This engine has recently had the top end overhauled and was also fitted with a Alisport turbo with updated intercooler.
The chassis was extensively cleaned and coated with Waxoyl. Both axles, suspension, steering and brakes were overhauled. A new custom exhaust was fabricated. Coil springs with longer travel were fitted. The chassis stands on near-new Michelin XZL expedition tires. The body was stripped and finished in BASG Diamont British Racing Metallic, a correct 1995 Range Rover premium color. Lastly the interior was attend to. Starting with sound deadening, and a complete rebuild of the seats with new tan leather interior. The wood was also refinished by Madera concepts, noted automotive wood specialist.
Today this restored Land Rover is in stunning condition. It is a rare opportunity to acquire a sorted and restored classic Land Rover, fitted with desirable diesel engine with manual transmission in a configuration that was not available to US customers. Useable as a daily driver or for weekends runs to the famers market, the opportunity to acquire this unique vehicle should not be missed. Costs to replicate this vehicle today would run well into six figures.

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