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First-Built 1970 Range Rover Up for Auction

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/13/2014 Karla Sanchez

Everyone seems to be excited over the new 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR lately, and that's probably because it recently lapped the Nurburgring's Nordschleife in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. Had it not been for the very first 1970 Range Rover , we may have never seen the SVR, which is why the first ever Range Rover going up for auction is such a big deal.


Marked as chassis #001, this 1970 Range Rover was the very first one to roll off the production line. Built in late 1969, it was also registered five and half months before the Range Rover Classic officially went on sale on June 17, 1970, but its story only continues to get more interesting. Michael Forlong, producer of two Range Rover promotional films, was to become the first private owner of this Rangie back in 1971, but not before the boxy SUV was painted a Bahama Gold color and fitted with a textured dash. As it continued being passed from owner to owner, the Range Rover was branded with private registration numbers, inadvertently disguising its true identity. The fact that it was no longer painted in the original Olive Green color didn't help much in tracing #001's whereabouts. An enthusiast, however, eventually found the historic Range Rover, which led to the SUV’s extensive ground-up restoration, making every last part of the classic Range Rover as good as new.1970 Range Rover Chassis Number 1© Provided by MotorTrend 1970 Range Rover Chassis Number 1

The classic SUV up for auction has all the "matching numbers" components including the chassis, engine, gearbox, and axles, as well as the original hood and body shell. With 86,950 miles pegged on the odometer, the vendor claims the classic SUV has ventured out on a limited number of occasions, mostly for photographic assignments and promotional shoots.

The 1970 Range Rover Classic is expected to fetch anywhere between $168,000 and $235,000 when it crosses the block at the Salon Privé Sale on September 4 in London.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

1970 Range Rover Chassis Number 1© Provided by MotorTrend 1970 Range Rover Chassis Number 1

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