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1994 Range Rover Classic Soft Dash - V8 Auto

1994 Range Rover Classic Soft Dash - V8 Auto

A global car of the people, from Gangsters to Grandmas, the Range Rover is at home in anyone's driveway. Launched as a more road-friendly alternative to the Land Rover Series models, in the early 1970s, the Range Rover revolutionised the luxury 4x4 market.

The new model would utilise a 100” chassis, unlike traditional Land Rover products it was fitted with coil-sprung suspension. Despite the initial goal of creating a more road-capable car, the Range Rover sacrificed no off-road capability. By the early 1980s, demand for a 4-door variant was growing, and unaffiliated coach-builders had already started to develop luxury options for clients.

First-generation Range Rover production carried on right up until the mid-1990s, and for a period, they continued to be sold alongside their successor, the P38. This particular example is a late one, a 1994 Range Rover Vogue V8.

Externally, the car is finished in Ardennes Green, the perfect colour for a Range, offering deep reflections across long slab-sided panels. The green coachwork is complemented by contrasting grey powder-coated three-spoke wheels and a matching pinstripe that runs front to back. The wheels are wrapped in a set of the correct fitment Michelin tyres. The paintwork is in great shape, though there are a few age-related marks, whilst the wheels are free from any nasty marks.

From 1994 onwards, Land Rover began making final tweaks to Range Rover's classic production, Among a handful of other changes, an uplifted interior, with a redesigned dashboard, based on the interior of the Discovery was deployed. Despite reading the Rover 800 parts bin for switch gear, the interior was a success, turning the ageing classic’s interior into a much more upmarket space, deserving of the luxury market it now targetted.

In this example, the interior is suitably 90s. Grey velour captain’s chairs are paired with a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, now with adding airbag, and walnut door cappings. The interior is in excellent shape, with everything working as it should, the headline was replaced meaning you can enjoy the car’s sunroof in the warmer months without covering yourself in a flaking headliner! The gauge cluster, also borrowed from the nice folks down at Rover, is all in working order and shows just 126,000 miles.

Under the bonnet, you’re met with the ultimate Range Rover engine, an electronic fuel-injected Rover V8. Whilst it doesn’t create enormous power figures, what it does do, with the help of the automatic gearbox it’s mounted to, is allow for more than enough torque and power to waft from point A to point B. The engine runs well and has a sweet burble thanks to a replacement exhaust.

The engine bay is clean, tidy and free from any damage. The engine and the rest of the car have always been maintained to an extremely high standard. More than £6,000 alone has been spent on the servicing of major components like the differentials, gearbox and engine. The underside of the car has been professionally cleaned, and coated in a rust preventative wax. This car retains its original sill panels, and arches which are in excellent condition and the owner has always been keen to protect, maintain and extend the life of the car, far beyond the average example.

Range Rover classics are the perfect usable classic, especially in V8 guise. Sure, a diesel might be better on fuel, but in reality, the noise is worth it. You’ll struggle to find another example with the same armfuls of history, and provenance. Having covered just 5,000 miles in the last 18 years, its time for this example to find a new home, who can enjoy it for many miles to come. 

As with all our vehicles, a full digital folder is available on request containing more images, walk-around videos, and scans of the service history. The car can also be viewed by appointment at our West London showroom. 

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