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Sold for: £21,380
There may be newer-looking Range Rovers around these days but that isn't to say that the original first generation version, with its familiar boxy shape, doesn't still have its supporters. In fact, it's positively flying on the used market. The original Spencer King designed Range Rover was one of the British Motor Industry's proudest success stories,and when it went out of production at the end of 1996, it still looked as fresh and forward-thinking as it did back in 1970 when one was chosen to be exhibited in the Louvre as an example of modern sculpture. The car was renamed the Range Rover Classic when the Mk. II model was introduced in the autumn of 1994, but demand continued even then. This was a car that had real international appeal selling in markets as diverse as Japan and the USA, Canada and Australia with demand often exceeding supply. Well over 300,000 Range Rovers had rolled off the production line by the time this legendary model was laid to rest; the final one being proudly displayed as part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust collection at Gaydon in Warwickshire. This superb 1990 Range Rover 3.9 V8 was delivered new to Japan where it clearly enjoyed the agreeable climate. We are informed by the vendor that there is very little evidence of rust, the tailgate is in good condition, and other Range Rover issues such as a sagging headlining and parcel shelf are not present. Cars destined for the Far East market were given the highest trim level and were simply called Range Rovers. This car would have been called the top of the line Vogue model, with its automatic gearbox, electric windows, sunroof, full leather and walnut dashboard and door cappings. The wheels are colour coded alloy, typical of the Vogue range. Showing circa 91,000 kilometres, our UK vendor has requested the Japanese version of the car's MoT history, called the Shaken, copies of which, should they arrive in time, will be with the car. The car's book packs including the service history will be translated in time for the sale and are available for inspection. Imported into the UK on the 1st April 2014, the car is UK registered but any prospective buyers should satisfy themselves with the VAT requirements of their home country due to its VAT qualifying status. Very few Range Rovers survive in such unmolested condition without the usual issues present, and this lovely example would suit the gentleman farmer or the urban sophisticate who wants the luxury and status of the modern Range Rover at some 10% of the new list price.