To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 22 January 2021. Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000
A very early Ranger Rover Converted by Special Vehicle Conversions Ltd
Right-hand drive configuration
Restored by Simon Huntington Ltd
Finished in Lincoln Green with Tan Everflex top
Interior trimmed in Palomino Tan leather with square-weave carpeting
Even today, Range Rover illustrates this model in its advertisements to help promote its latest version of the brand. It is also the only 4-by-4 to be displayed in the Louvre. This tells you all you need to know about the original Range Rover: It is a design icon.
Under the Rover leadership of Charles Spencer "Spen" King, this revered model was announced in 1970 and described as “A Car for All Reasons.” It is a truly go-anywhere vehicle for its all-terrain capabilities, spacious practical layout and immensely clever attention to detail lending it great style. Being of Land Rover ancestry, it goes without saying that it is immensely strong and yet despite its air of quiet sophistication, it is also a simple vehicle by today’s standards, making it easy to maintain and run.
This very early, right-hand drive Lincoln Green over Palomino “Suffix A” example was dispatched to dealer F.G. Dinsdale Ltd. of Stockton-on-Tees, on 12 June 1971. At some point during the purview of a later owner, this particular example was uniquely outfitted with a matching Everflex convertible top, courtesy of Special Vehicle Conversions Ltd, of Uckfield, UK; according to period press the conversion was rather affordable, at under £5,000. Cost aside, the nicely fitted convertible top is complete with large vinyl portholes, B-pillar crossbeam, and a rigid panel mounted above the front occupants.
This Suffix A is further distinguished by its eminently presentable appearance, attributed to a restoration executed by Simon Huntington Ltd of Wigton, UK. Imported by the consignor to the United States in 2019, this early and unique Suffix A Convertible is accompanied by its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) certificate.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az21.