Range Rover Reborn - Land Rover Classic begins full restorations

Fully-restored Range Rovers will continue JLR's recent heritage push - the first model will appear at Rétromobile

Jaguar Land Rover has dived deep into its heritage recently, producing continuation models of Lightweight E-Types and the XKSS, and the Land Rover Series 1 Reborn, and now the original Range Rover is the latest model to get attention.

Land Rover will present a comprehensively restored example of the original Range Rover at the upcoming Salon Rétromobile in Paris, with the promise to restore nine more initially - though unlike Jaguar's continuation models, there's theoretically no limit on the work Land Rover Classic will do should owners supply them with an original car.

The model presented at Rétromobile is based on a 1978 model, and has been completely restored to original factory specification from factory parts.

It wears a coat of oh-so-70s Bahama Gold paint (read: butterscotch), while the original 3528cc Rover V8 engine has been overhauled and should be developing its original 132bhp and 186lb ft of torque through a four-speed manual transmission.

The company says it will advise customers on the most suitable base vehicles, based on collectability, any unique characteristics, and preferred chassis numbers, though in theory the sky's the limit. Well, price is probably a limit too, given prices for completed Range Rover Reborn restorations will start at £135,000. For reference, representative examples of early Range Rovers currently sell for anything up to £50,000.

Still, as Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic says, it's 'a wonderful way to preserve the much sought-after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s', and with classic Rangies achieving ever higher sums, the cost of restoration may begin to look better value.

The 1978 car will be joined at Rétromobile by the first European presentation of the continuation Jaguar XKSS first shown at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, as well as a factory-restored 1962 E-type coupe.

Recommended

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale
Aston Teaser
Aston Martin DBX

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
18 Jan 2022
Audi SQ7 TFSI 2022 review – big SUV offers family sized fun
Audi SQ7 2022 – front tracking
Audi SQ7

Audi SQ7 TFSI 2022 review – big SUV offers family sized fun

Audi’s petrol V8 SQ7 finds a fabulous synergy between power and practicality, so long as paying for it isn’t an issue
29 Dec 2021
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation review
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – front tracking
Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation review

Just 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuations have been built, honouring the 1959 original. We drive this multi-million pound recreation.
20 Dec 2021
2022 Ferrari Purosangue spied – body-on prototypes are now live
Ferrari Purosangue prototype – front quarter 2
Ferrari

2022 Ferrari Purosangue spied – body-on prototypes are now live

Ferrari's Purosangue SUV has reached the next level of its development, will it rival a Lamborghini Urus, or go bigger?
13 Dec 2021

Most Popular

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale
Aston Teaser
Aston Martin DBX

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
18 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022
Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph
Morgan Plus Four LM62 – front
Morgan Plus 4

Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph

Special Edition Morgan to celebrate 60 years since its class win at Le Mans
18 Jan 2022