Customers in the United Kingdom looking for an absolutely pristine example of the original Land Rover Range Rover might want to consider taking a trip to Salon Rétromobile in Paris, France. The British brand will use the vintage-motoring-themed event to present the first example of its new Range Rover Reborn program that will restore 10 of these classic luxury SUVs back to factory-perfect condition. However, the price for this special care won't be cheap at 135,000 pounds ($169,000) each.

The first Range Rover to get this special treatment is a Bahama Gold example from 1978. The carbureted 3.5-liter V8 produces 132 horsepower and 186 pound-feet (251 Newton-meters) of torque. A four-speed manual gearbox puts the power on the road, and a lockable center differential helps if the buyer gets stuck.

Land Rover Range Rover Reborn

Land Rover Classic will work with clients when selecting an SUV for the Range Rover Reborn program, including suggesting the best base vehicles in terms of collectability. From there, the team will completely restore them. Decades of hard use leave many old Range Rovers in rough condition, and this gallery shows the result after this overhaul is a vehicle that looks every bit as good (or better) as on the original showroom floor.

Land Rover introduced the Range Rover in 1970, and they were only available as a three-door model until 1981. Through various upgrades and refinements, the original generation remained in production through 1996.

Land Rover Range Rover Reborn

The new restoration program follows up on last year’s Series I Reborn initiative. Like the Range Rover project, this work brought 25 examples of the brand’s classic model back to their original condition with Land Rover Classic parts.

While shopping for a newly restored Range Rover, visitors at Salon Rétromobile can check out more reborn wonders from the Jaguar Land Rover family. The XKSS continuation special makes its European debut at the show after premiering in Los Angeles last year. Jag also has a 1962 E-Type Fixed Head Coupe there that’s fresh from a factory restoration by Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

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Paris presentation of factory-restored 1978 three-door Range Rover Classic marks evolution of the successful Reborn programme by Land Rover Classic
Land Rover Classic will comprehensively restore an initial ten examples of the luxury SUV at launch
Jaguar Classic will also give a European debut to the ‘New Original’ XKSS at Salon Rétromobile
First Series I Jaguar E-type Fixed Head Coupe restoration – a privately-owned ‘barn find’ completely reconditioned to original specification – will be available to view on the Jaguar Land Rover Classic stand
(Oxford Rd, Coventry, UK – 02 February 2017). Salon Rétromobile 2017 will see the world debut presentation of the next in the ‘Reborn’ series of expertly sourced and comprehensively restored Classic Land Rovers. 

Range Rover Reborn is a new programme offering prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible vintage Range Rover, direct from Land Rover Classic in the UK. The launch of Range Rover Reborn builds on the successful introduction of Land Rover Series I Reborn last year.*

Another highlight for show visitors will be the European debut presentation of the ‘New Original’ Jaguar XKSS. Following its successful introduction to media at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles in November 2016, this stunning XKSS finished in Sherwood Green is the engineering blueprint for nine cars destined for delivery to customers worldwide in 2017.**

Also showcased by Jaguar Land Rover Classic at Salon Rétromobile – held in Paris, France from 08-12 February 2017 – will be the first fully factory-restored original E-type Fixed Head Coupe. This privately-owned, French-registered 1962 E-type, presented in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey, is presented complete with reverse-engineered body panels, manufactured in-house to ensure best fit and finish, and with its original 3.8-litre engine and transmission – also completely reconditioned.

Land Rover Classic’s expert team has drawn on decades of engineering and design expertise to complete the first Range Rover Reborn – a carefully selected 1978 Classic Range Rover. 

Specification overview

Colour: Bahama Gold
Engine: 3528cc V8 Petrol Carburettor Zenith-Stromberg 175CD typemax. power 132bhp at 5000rpm
max torque: 186 lb ft (251 Nm) at 2500 rpm
4-speed manual transmission, lockable central differential

Every Range Rover Reborn will undergo a complete restoration according to the company’s original 1970s factory specification and using Land Rover Classic Parts to preserve and protect the vehicle’s authenticity. Land Rover’s experienced restoration team will advise customers of the best options for base vehicles – in terms of collectability, preferred chassis numbers and unique characteristics. Prices for completed Range Rover Reborn restorations from Land Rover Classic will start from £135,000 GBP.

Tim Hannig - Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Range Rover Reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise. It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon. It is a wonderful way to preserve the much sought after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories.”

The Range Rover was launched in 1970, originally in two-door configuration only, up to 1981, when the first factory four-door was introduced, and remained popular right up to the end of the first generation’s production in 1996. So popular, in fact, that production of the first generation continued alongside the second generation for almost two years, and the name Classic Range Rover was introduced to distinguish this model from its more modern sibling.

Believed by many to have launched the SUV sector, the Range Rover certainly defined the genre of the luxury 4x4 vehicle, and has been the vehicle of choice for members of the Royal household, politicians and superstars across the world. It has maintained its most credible position as the ‘ultimate SUV’ to this day, with a number of world firsts and records in its long and distinguished heritage. During the 1970s, the Range Rover also became the first vehicle to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’.

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