First introduced in 1970, the Range Rover was marketed as “ A Car for All Reasons”. It brought a new meaning to the way in which the 4 x 4 could operate extremely well, both on and off road.
The big change came in 1981 when Range Rover stepped into the world of the more upmarket 4 x 4, with more luxury interiors, exterior styling, plus the ability to handle well on the road. This made them a popular choice for the businessman/woman, who wanted to escape to the country at the weekend and be back in the city for Monday morning. From then on, the Range Rover has grown more and more luxurious from year to year.
The seller of this 1993 Range Rover Classic LSE, purchased the car on 15th October 2005. Shortly after, the seller had the 4.2 litre V8 converted to LPG, using the Zavoli Alisei LPG system. It has the latest firmware update and has been serviced which has included refurbishing the injectors and replacing filters. Having the LPG conversion fitted certainly helps on the pocket a little with a 4.2 litre.
The seller has taken care of some troublesome areas such as the sills and inner wings, plus others which we will mention shortly. Since 2012, the Range Rover has only covered around 10,000 miles, and it has dropped each year as time has gone on, which has led to the seller’s decision to part with the Range Rover classic.
The V5 is present and shows just 3 previous keepers. There is a current MOT, but this will expire on the 20th October 2021.
There is the owner's handbook present along with a healthy 13 service stamps, and some paperwork. Included is the invoice for the Stainless Steel Exhaust system from JP Exhausts in Macclesfield, the refurbishment of the cylinder heads, 24 Spline diff exchange and other work like the LPG service.
The inside of the Range Rover is finished with dark Brown, almost black, leather. The electric front seats have some wear to them but only in the way of creasing to the leather and no actual tears, with much less wear than the mileage would suggest. Sitting in the front seats, and the dashboard is light brown with a wood trim. This is all in good condition. There is a hole drilled to the right of the steering wheel, maybe for a phone mount at some point.
The odometer is showing a reading of 183,828 miles, and there are no warning lights displayed. There is a Pioneer head unit with a removable face, and this is connected to a boot mounted CD changer, which is reported to be working correctly. In the centre console are the switches for the electric windows which are working as they should. Some of the switches in the Range Rover do have some light wear.
The rear seat is in good condition and quite obviously has not had as much use as the fronts, showing less wear. The headlining has started to sag from just behind the sunroof. The sunroof cover slides open as it should and the roof operates correctly. The carpets are in good order. They have been protected with some factory mats which do have some wear as you would expect, especially on the driver’s side.
Into the boot and the carpet is clean with the parcel shelf in place. The spare wheel has been replaced with the LPG gas tank which is covered by the original cover. The spare is now mounted on the rear on a frame which swings out to allow the boot door to open.
Finished in Plymouth Blue, the Range Rover does have a few age related marks and dents, some of which may push out a little, some may not be as fortunate.
From the front, the Bull which is fitted does have some corrosion that has made its way under the powder coating, and lifted it on the middle section where there are 2 Hella spot lights fitted. One of the spots is brighter than the other, there may be some tarnishing to the reflector behind the lens. The lower fog lights are in good condition. The bumper has one or two age related spots of surface rust. The headlights and indicators are a little cloudy inside but working as you would expect. The bonet has a small dent along the front edge and there are just some age related chips.
Around to the sides, and the panel gaps look to align evenly and are matching to both sides. The paintwork is generally good with some slight corrosion to the edges of the rear nearside door. There is some corrosion on the inside of all of the doors towards the lower edges, the rears tend to be worse than the fronts. The biggest dent is on the nearside quarter towards the rear, and the others are much smaller. There are also some slight dents to the roof where it looks like it's been pressed on. The glass around the car is all in good condition, with just some age related marks as you would expect, and the seals do have some early signs of perishing.
Around to the boot and the tailgate opens and closes like the rest of the doors (with a firm hand). There is some area of corrosion which has crept up from the number plate lights. As mentioned, the spare wheel is mounted on a frame.
The wheels are Aluminum which are body coloured from new. They are all in good condition with just a couple of marks to the rims. The tyres are quite worn but still look to be legal.
2 years ago, the seller carried out some essential repairs on some areas of corrosion, which Range Rovers of this age suffer from, i.e, the front inner wings have been replaced, outer sills replaced, rear body cross member and boot floor replaced along with an upper and lower tailgate.
On the engine side of things, this has always been well maintained by the seller, and also the previous keepers as you will see from the service booklet. Recently, both cylinder heads have been refurbished by a local engineering company, and as mentioned, the LPG has been serviced.
The air conditioning was reported to be working at the time of it needing to be regassed, this does now need to be upgraded for the new gas to be used and also there is no belt to the compressor. The Range Rover starts up with ease and sounds just as it should. Once up to temperature it will then switch over to the LPG and then back to petrol automatically if it were to run out. The seller reports that you don't notice any change in performance whilst on the LPG or petrol.
The gearbox is a 3 speed automatic. It's reported that the V8 pulls strongly through all the gears and the change is nice and smooth. There has been a replacement transfer box fitted. Keeping things stable is the air suspension which does go up and down as it should. The seller reports the brakes bring the 4 x 4 to a stop nice and quickly.
A nice, usable 1993 Range Rover classic LSE, with a 4.2 V8. Plenty of power but with the added bonus of a fully fitted LPG conversion, which has seen the injectors serviced and new filters plus an ECU firmware update, all helping keep the pounds in the pocket.
There may be a few cosmetic injuries, but this could be the perfect 4 x 4 toy for a handy DIY mechanic wanting to step into Range Rover territory. Is this you?
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