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Offered from the estate of the late Peter Phillips
2015 Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography 4x4 Estate
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Chassis no. SALGA2JE0FA211972

An outstanding landmark design that almost single-handedly created the booming market in dual-purpose 4x4s, the Range Rover was greeted with universal acclaim on its arrival in 1970 and has remained the class leader, despite ever increasing foreign and domestic competition, ever since. The idea of a more road-biased 4x4 had been around since the Land Rover's arrival in the late 1940s, but it would be some two decades before the concept crystallised in what would end up as the Range Rover. Spen King and Gordon Bashford were responsible for the initial conception, with final detailing entrusted to David Bache. A separate, Land Rover type chassis was employed to carry the enclosed aluminium body, while long-travel coil-sprung suspension ensured that the ride would be more saloon car than utility. Rover already possessed an ideal power unit in the form of its 3.5-litre light alloy V8.

The Range Rover was greeted enthusiastically by both press and public on its arrival in 1970, offering comfortable cruising at 90mph (145km/h) and a greater off-road capability than most of its customers would ever need. The fact that the original lasted in production for an amazing 24 years before being replaced in 1994 only serves to illustrate the soundness of the original concept. Indeed, the 'old' Range Rover - renamed Range Rover Classic - did not disappear immediately but continued to be built for another year alongside the new P38A version.

Offered here is a pristine example of the current fourth generation, introduced in 2012. A top-of-the-range Autobiography model, it is powered by the 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine production 339PS (334bhp). Noteworthy features include 21" alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic four-zone climate control, perforated semi-aniline heated/cooled seats, Meridian surround sound system, and four separate cameras delivering 360-degree vision. Peter Phillips (its second owner) purchased the car from Guy Salmon Land Rover in March 2016 for £84,271 (purchase invoice on file). The accompanying service history printout lists five services, the most recent dated 20th February 2019 at 44,651 miles. The related bill is on file and the car also comes with a current V5C Registration Certificate and MoT to 12th March 2020.

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