1981 Land Rover Range Rover

Classic Convertible

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1981
  • Mileage 
    51 000 km / 31 690 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    31
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    White
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    132 PS / 98 kW / 131 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Since Range Rover never offered a convertible version of this most iconic model, a number of (mostly British) coachbuilders found a ready market for well heeled customers seeking a bit of fresh air in their Range Rovers. The most famous appearance of such a drophead conversion must surely be the one in the James Bond flick “Octopussy” with ultra-cool Roger Moore at the helm. The car on offer does not have such an illustrious history, but was registered in the Canton St Gallen already on 3rd April 1981, a full two years before Bond got his turn. After over 30 years, with 140’000 km on the counter, painted light blue and having suffered the odd modification, the Range benefitted from major work at a cost of some 45’000 Francs in 2013/2015. An original interior was bought and reinstalled, the rims restored and shod with new tyres, a Webasto stationary heating system installed, the suspension overhauled and the coachwork prepared to qualify the car for a Veteran MOT. At the end of 2016, the car was bought by the vendor and he decided, in 2017, to have the car repainted in its original “arctic white” livery through Garage Ledi in Feutersoey. At the same time a new clutch including new master- and the slave-cylinders were installed. Another 40’000 Francs worth of receipts is available for all this work. The cabriolet, now with 151’000 km under its belt, is now in a very good general condition. The most recent Swiss Veteran MOT was completed in May 2015. It’s very unlikely to see another, Swiss registered Range convertible, making driving this example a unique experience with a discrete dose of secret agent, shaken not stirred!