Just looking - Overfinch Range Rover Classic

Find Overfinch's current Range Rovers a little OTT? There's always the classic option

Earlier this week renowned Range Rover tuner Overfinch released its latest vehicle - the £249,990 Overfinch London Edition.

Given Overfinch is only creating one London Edition - broadly, it's just a shop window for the company's craftsmanship - the quarter-million special will no doubt find a home fairly quickly.

And that craftsmanship is undoubtedly impressive, even if you're not a fan of the fruits of the company's labour - thousands of slivers of walnut, abalone and stainless steel arranged to form some of London's most recognisable landmarks across the interior trim.

Perhaps that's what owners want these days, but we can't help pining for a time when Overfinch was known not for its woodworking abilities, but its very real talent at turning sluggish, roly-poly land vehicles into barnstorming SUVs that could give contemporary sports cars a fright.

It typically did so by extracting whatever engine currently lurked under the Range Rover's clamshell bonnet (usually a Rover V8) and replacing it with a powerful, reliable and crate-fresh GM-sourced V8.

570i models, for instance, used a 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 pumping out as much as 284bhp. Doesn't seem too special today - an entry-level TDV6 develops little less - but even the punchiest 4.2-litre Range Rover Classic made just 200 horses back in the day, so the near-50 per cent increase was a significant step up.

As were Overfinch's suspension modifications. If you've been reading car magazines for a suitable length of times you'll remember seeing shots of Range Rovers listing like an Ocean Race yacht, but an Overfinch equivalent would remain largely flat.

Conveniently, we've found just such an example for sale, located at the Land Rover Centre in Huddersfield, via Classic and Performance Car.

Front spotlights aside it's amazing how subtle it now looks next to current Overfinch products (and indeed, current, slightly chintzy Range Rovers), but still features some of the desirable period extras, such as Ferrari-style orange graphics to the dials and a four-spoke sports steering wheel.

There's a sneaking suspicion that climbing behind the wheel of such a car would only be a disappointment these days - even the most basic SUV today is fairly "car-like" to drive. But for character and taste, you probably can't do much better.

> Find Range Rover Classics for sale on Classic and Performance Car

Recommended

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT 2021 review – the Lamborghini Urus has a talented new rival from within
Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT – front corner
Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT 2021 review – the Lamborghini Urus has a talented new rival from within

It’s the most extreme Cayenne Porsche has ever made, and thanks to the GT department it’s also the best.
26 Jul 2021
Updated 2021 Porsche Macan revealed – refreshed but not reimagined, yet
2021 Porsche Macan GTS front quarter
Porsche Macan

Updated 2021 Porsche Macan revealed – refreshed but not reimagined, yet

Macan range consolidated, with upgraded 434bhp GTS the new flagship
19 Jul 2021
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT revealed – 631bhp pure IC flagship debuts
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT revealed – 631bhp pure IC flagship debuts

Porsche is going all out with its latest Cayenne derivative, packing 631bhp, a coupe-only body and no hybrid bits in sight
29 Jun 2021
2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV
Alpina XD3 and XD4 2021 – header
Alpina XD3

2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV

The updates to the Alpina XD3 and XD4 are largely of the aesthetic kind, but more torque and new chassis calibrations are also part of the package
10 Jun 2021

Most Popular

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better
Mercedes S-class – front tracking
Mercedes

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better

It may be slipping out of fashion, but the institution that is Mercedes’ S-class is only getting stronger
22 Jul 2021
Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110

Lotus's first all-new car for a quarter of a century comes AMG power and sub-£60,000 price tag
13 Jul 2021
New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback – front tracking
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster

After months of tech insights, we now finally get to see the all-new Audi RS3 in its finished form
19 Jul 2021