Here is quite an interesting find that we at Land Rover Dallas in Dallas, Texas are pleased to bring to you. The first ever Range Rover ever produced will be going up for auction next month at the Salon Privé Sale in London!
Bearing chassis #001, this old timer will be on display for the masses and then be handed over to one lucky bidder. Hosted by Silverstone Auctions, the Range Rover is expected to bring in between a whopping $168,000-$235,000. Even the opulent Range Rovers we sell here at Land Rover Dallas cost a little less than that, but they might not turn as many heads as this pristine Olive Green original.
As far as the back story goes, the Range Rover was built between November 24 and December 17 in 1969 and registered January 2, 1970, six months before the model officially went on sale. Its very first owner was Michael Furlong, the man responsible for the Range Rover’s early promotional films, and by 1975 his gem had already been resprayed in Bahama Gold, but after color and registration changes throughout the years, the SUV was effectively lost until the early 1990s.
At that point, the car underwent a six-month restoration, during which time it was restored to its original green shade and featured the original aluminum hood and even its original license plate number. Early Range Rovers like chassis #001 featured a Buick-derived 3.5-liter V-8 that dished out a mere 135 horsepower, but with its hefty V-8 and exceptional four-wheel-drive capability, it had all it needed to tackle the off-road terrain.
Nick Whale, Managing Director at Silverstone Auctions sums up the Range Rover’s inclusion by saying, “It’s wonderful to be able to offer this iconic British model for auction at the U.K.’s finest concours event…and we expect a significant amount of interest when it goes under the hammer.”