RANGER REBIRTH

RESTORED RANGE ROVER CLASSIC MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE RANGE ROVER REBORN PROGRAMME.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

A 1978 three-door Range Rover Classic has been successfully restored back to its original factory specifications by Land Rover Classic’s Reborn programme.

The Bahama Gold example is powered by a 3528cc 3.5- litre carburettor V8 petrol engine. The engine generates 132bhp (98kW) at 5000rpm and 251Nm at 2500Nm and is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. A lockable central diff helps in the rough stuff. To maintain and protect authenticity, Land Rover’s experienced restoration team utilise Land Rover Classic Parts.

This first restored example marks the beginning of the Reborn programme, which will comprehensively restore an initial 10 examples.

The programme aims to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase original and vintage Range Rovers, direct from Land Rover Classic in the UK.

“Range Rover Reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise,” Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said. “It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon.

It is a wonderful way to preserve the much soughtafter three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories.”

Prices for the completely restored vehicles will start from an estimated £135,000 (AU$220,000).

The restored 1978 Range Rover Classic debuted at Salon Retromobile, a car exhibition that was held in Paris from February 8-12.