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Want to buy a 1973 Range Rover convertible? Today's your lucky day!
Rare, right-hand-drive RR cabrio comes up for auction. Deeply cool, or just odd?
With 007 adventure Spectre just around the corner, it’s the ideal time to showcase a classic Range Rover described by its sellers as being “worthy of the modern-day James Bond”. This is a rare, old, convertible Rangey, it’s coming up for sale, and it’s very very odd.
Silverstone Auctions will sell the unique SUV next month, and given its condition – and story – it’s probably worth a moment of your time.
The Rangevertible’s narrative began in 1973, leaving the factory as a normal, ‘Suffix B’ Range Rover. It had a roof at this point. In the late 1980s, ‘Special Vehicle Conversions’ removed said roof, and transformed the RHD Range Rover into a convertible. Because why the hell not?
Move into the Nineties, and ownership of the rare Rangey transferred hands: the previous owner won the car in a card game, and owing to a lack of space in his garage, stored it in a lock-up. The current vendor, having heard this three-decade tale, eventually found the car using Land Registry records, and uncovered it last year.
It was apparently still in immaculate condition, but late in 2014 was nevertheless subject to an eight-month restoration job costing £20,000, including restoring it to the original SVC-spec, and reconditioning the 3.5-litre petrol V8.
“Not only does this convertible conversion have unique provenance,” explains Silverstone Auctions’ Arwel Richards, “but it’s based on a truly superb early right-hand-drive Range Rover ‘Suffix B’, and has covered a mere 62,500 miles.
“I doubt you’ll find one like this in the near future,” adds Richard.
The sale takes place at Alexandra Palace between 14-15 November, and SA reckons the Rangey will fetch between £35k and £40k. With the Evoque Convertible just around the corner, you’ll never have a better chance to pick up that car’s spiritual grandfather.
But is it weirder than Startech’s Range Rover pickup?