If you’re like us, then you shed a tear or two when the announcement was made that production of the beloved Land Rover Defender would be coming to a halt.
That said, we’re thankful for one-off custom shops such as East Coast Defender and others that live to keep the dream alive. All is not lost though, Range Rover continues to bring its unmatched quality to the forefront with both newer and vintage models. Case in point, their new Range Rover Reborn program offering prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible vintage Range Rover, direct from Land Rover Classic in the UK.
A Brief History of The Range Rover
The Range Rover was launched in 1970, originally in two-door configuration only, up to 1981, when the first factory four-door was introduced, and remained popular right up to the end of the first generation’s production in 1996. So popular, in fact, that production of the first generation continued alongside the second generation for almost two years, and the name Classic Range Rover was introduced to distinguish this model from its more modern sibling.
Believed by many to have launched the SUV sector, the Range Rover certainly defined the genre of the luxury 4×4 vehicle, and has been the vehicle of choice for members of the Royal household, politicians and superstars across the world.
It has maintained its most credible position as the ‘ultimate SUV’ to this day, with a number of world firsts and records in its long and distinguished heritage.
During the 1970s, the Range Rover also became the first vehicle to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’.
Every Range Rover Reborn will undergo a complete restoration according to the company’s original 1970s factory specification and using Land Rover Classic Parts to preserve and protect the vehicle’s authenticity. Land Rover’s experienced restoration team will advise customers of the best options for base vehicles – in terms of collectability, preferred chassis numbers and unique characteristics.
Scheduled to be showcased at Salon Rétromobile – held in Paris, France on February 8, 2017 — will be the first fully factory-restored original E-type Fixed Head Coupe.
This privately-owned, French-registered 1962 E-type, presented in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey, is presented complete with reverse-engineered body panels, manufactured in-house to ensure best fit and finish, and with its original 3.8-litre engine and transmission – also completely reconditioned. Land Rover Classic’s expert team has drawn on decades of engineering and design expertise to complete the first Range Rover Reborn – a carefully selected 1978 Classic Range Rover.