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This Range Rover was converted into a desert stormer

Of the many Range Rover conversions available in the 1970s and 80s, the convertible proved particularly popular, especially in warmer climes such as the Middle East. Looking at this fabulous Rioja Red example, it’s easy to see why…

This striking Range Rover Convertible was modified by Special Vehicle Conversions Ltd, and fell into its former owner’s possession by virtue of a card game in the early 1990s. However, he had no space for such a car and stored it in a lock-up, where it would remain until 2014. In fact, it had been tucked up for so long that the owner actually forgot where he'd put it.

Fortunately, the car was discovered and treated to an eight-month restoration to take it back to its former glory. As Silverstone Auctions’ catalogue description of the car so appropriately concludes, “This special Range Rover convertible would be equally at home on a grouse moor on an August afternoon, or burbling down Chelsea’s King’s Road with a different quarry in mind.” Showing just 62,500 miles, the right-hand-drive Range Rover will be offered at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale on 14 November 2015, estimated at £35,000-40,000.

Photos: Silverstone Auctions