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1992 Range Rover Classic 3.9 EFI Vogue SE RHD

£38,500

 

 

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Chassis: SALLHAMM3KA629033

Registration No:  K139VJT

Engine: 3.9 EFI Injected Petrol V8

Transmission: Five-Speed Automatic

Mileage: 76,186 Miles

Colour: Green

Right Hand Drive

 

 

History of the Range Rover

The late 1960’s saw the emergence of the recreational off-road market led Land Rover to come up with a radically new competitor to the Jeep Wagoneer and the Ford Bronco. Land Rover passed on this challenge to Charles Spencer King, under the project title of “The 100 inch Station Wagon”.

It all started when Rover bought a Bronco and noticed the coiled suspension, this boosted the luxury element as it gave improved performance and comfort. He also noted the powerful Buick V8. However, Mr. King gave the Range Rover several unique capabilities, improved carburetors that still fed fuel at extreme angles and the infamous starter handle for emergencies.

It was launched in 1970 as “a car for all reasons”. The Range Rover was also the first permanent 4x4 to do over 100mph whilst having a towing capacity of 3.5 metric tons, accommodation for five, hydraulic disc brakes to all wheels and the groundbreaking dual-range, permanent four-wheel drive gearbox.

A four-door version was introduced in 1981, with the two-door version phased out in 1994, it was then named the ‘Classic’ to differentiate from the all new P38a Range Rover.

The Car

Twelve-month restoration done by RangeRoverRestorations Limited, finished in April 2022. Andy Long’s firm has substantial expertise in rebuilding these models and typically his experienced engineering team leave no nut or bolt unchanged. Andy takes a personal interest in the completion and ensures a book with the unique photographic record is included with each car. This one is no exception.

OVERVIEW

It is basically a new Classic Range Rover. Of course, modern SUVs are quicker and quieter, but can you tell them apart? Whether or not you are a “petrol head”, this car stands out as a stunning example of a classic design. Not many left nowadays that you could risk acquiring. This one is the exception

EXTERIOR

A full respray in Ardennes Green sets off the design lines and it is painted immaculately to a stunning standard. It is perhaps the most suitable colour of all for these models. It is a quality job with no shortcuts taken and covers every visible piece of metal, including the full engine bay. It is quite flawless. The wheels are painted to match the bodywork and set off each other beautifully. High-intensity LED headlamps have been subtly fitted and look well in the photographs and especially in the flesh. While the original Lucas lamps come with the car, in truth if you intend to use the vehicle at night, the LEDs make an enormous difference to safety and visibility.

The final modern twist is a very subtle rear camera (barely visible on the tailgate) which automatically produces a really clear picture overlaid onto the usual rear view mirror when reverse gear is selected. It works a treat.

WHEELS

The buyer specified extra-wide tyres (brand new 235/70 Goodyears) on standard wheels to improve the appearance and these fill the arches perfectly giving the car a purposeful look without over-exaggeration. Needless to say, the alloy wheels have been fully refurbished and are completely unmarked.

INTERIOR

Unusually for the SE variant, a velour interior was specified in place of the usual leather. And actually, it works really well. Cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, it makes the interior a very relaxing place to spend time. The grey material is totally unmarked and all the seats and seat backs are firm and supportive without being hard with consistent spring inside them. No old tired seat sagging anywhere here. The decorative timber surround is complete and polished. The air conditioning system has been modernised and blows ice cold air, but if you prefer, the electric tilt and slide glass sunroof operates just as designed.  The non-original stereo system in truth appears a little glitzy and the speakers have been upgraded, but together they produce a fully rounded sound and the Bluetooth linkage works perfectly. Finally, the carpets are new and spotless and the headlining is tight and also unmarked. Not a single flaw on it, anywhere.     

MECHANICAL

ENGINE

Best just to look at the photographs. They say it all. The tried and tested 3.9-litre V8 petrol engine (the best engine ever fitted to these models) is essentially brand new, rebuilt from scratch using as many new parts as possible. No nut or bolt has been left unturned. The cooling system and the electrical system are all new, as are the brakes and brake lines. Every core component and ancillary has been replaced or refurbished.

It starts easily and readily with the familiar “wuffle” sound coming through the new stainless steel exhaust system. However, the specified additional soundproofing on the underside of the bonnet makes sure it is never intrusive. The automatic gearbox has been completely refurbished and is modern day smooth with the overdrive slipping seamlessly into action at the usual 53 mph. She will cruise at 80mph all day long if required, or potter effortlessly about town with heavy traffic if preferred. At all times the temperature gauge remains unmoved from its “just left of central” location. The recent MOT (valid until April 2023) confirms nothing is needed here by way of “correction” or “fettling”. It has all been done. 

SUSPENSION

Axles and sub-assemblies are all new or like new. The suspension has been worked on utilising brand new springs and polybushes all round. This succeeds in maintaining the long vertical wheel travel distance for which these cars are famous, but eliminates entirely the usual problem of scraping the door handles as you navigate roundabouts at speed. There is simply no undue rolling or wallowing. Of course, it sits on springs, and not on the first-generation air system which, to be fair, turned out to be excellent on the (very) occasional days when it worked. This car therefore drives tightly but with no harshness. 

STRUCTURE AND BODYWORK

The shot-blasted and power-coated chassis is in perfect condition, with additional lower inside body paintwork to improve the appearance. It is all truly spotless with zero rust. Close inspection of the usual danger spots, the base of the doors and wings, the battery shelf, the A-pillars, and below the tailgate hinge are all in perfect condition. The metal in all these locations is as perfect as the exterior panels. The especially rust-prone tailgate top is immaculate. No corrosion, no rusty bolts, nothing. It is better than new simply because more care has been taken. British Leyland’s infamous Red Robbo didn’t get near this one.

USEFUL LINKS

Range Rover Classic Brochure

Range Rover Reborn

OTHER THOUGHTS

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