1998 Range Rover P38


∙Imported to the UK in 2019
∙Excellent condition throughout
∙Coil spring conversion
∙Rare and desirable colour 'Atlantis Blue' 

The Background

Following the roaring success of the mould-breaking Range Rover Classic was a tough act for Land Rover, but it’s safe to say that with the succeeding P38-generation Range Rover, they exceeded their wildest expectations. While the second generation of Range Rover wasn’t in production for as long as its predecessor, it earned itself a reputation as the car that really can do anything, from being used as a rough run around in the wilds of the world to being suited to high-end executive transport - even the royal family love a P38!
Produced from 1994 - 2001, the P38 featured updated styling, an improved air suspension (EAS) setup with four manually-selectable height settings and an automatically-deployed ‘off-road extended’ setting which helped the P38 escape trouble should it be beached.

However, the EAS system proved problematic for many, resulting in numerous owners converting their P38’s to traditional coil spring suspension to improve reliability and avoid costly suspension replacements.

Outside of the aforementioned suspension issues, the P38 proved to be incredibly dependable, with examples still in service across the world in all walks of life. The P38 also bears the distinction of being the final Range Rover to be offered with a manual gearbox and a classic-style transfer box. 

The History

First registered in 1998 and delivered new to the wonderful and largely salt-free roads of Japan, this P38 has travelled well during its lifetime, racking up a respectable 111,624km (69,359 miles) in service, though the condition of the vehicle hides this mileage well, being in excellent shape throughout.

Returned back to the UK during 2019, the current owner acquired the vehicle with 109,049km on the odometer. Prior to delivery, an upgraded stereo with DAB connectivity was fitted, along with rear parking sensors.

Having kept the vehicle garaged throughout their ownership as part of their modest collection of classic and retro cars, this P38 has proven to be a reliable member of the fleet during the vendor’s ownership, being used for occasional outings with no issues.
One of the biggest perks of this P38 - other than its seemingly rust-free nature thanks to living in Japan - is that the aforementioned troublesome air suspension system has been swapped out for conventional coil springs, meaning no more air pump or EAS system headaches!

The Paperwork

Included with the vehicle is a small selection of paperwork comprised of the V5 document which shows one prior UK owner, a number of invoices for work carried out to the vehicle while in the vendor’s care, an MOT certificate and the original purchase invoice from the vendor, dated February 2019. In addition to the purchase invoice, the UK registration document for the vehicle is also included, along with the application for the number plate.

The latest MOT exam took place in September 2020, and resulted in a clean pass with no advisories.

The Interior

Inside, you’d be forgiven for thinking this Range Rover has covered half its indicated mileage, such is the condition of the cabin.

The seats are barely worn-in by P38 standards, showing only the lightest signs of use along the bases and bolsters, with the rear seats in particular being in excellent shape. 

Elsewhere, the carpets look to be nigh-on immaculate, while the wood inlays are all in excellent condition as far as we can see, retaining a rich sheen and showing no signs of any cracks or lacquer damage.

That’s not to say the interior is completely immaculate - there are a few marks to the plastic seat base surrounds and on the door cards, though these are minor and to be expected from a 23-year-old vehicle. 

While many Range Rovers lead a fairly well-used life as utility vehicles, it would appear that this particular P38 has had an easy ride compared to many, judging by the cleanliness and condition of the load area, with the carpets being largely free of any marks or staining that we can see. 

The spare wheel well, too, is nice and clean and appears to be solid, with the tool kit also still being present and correct. 

The Exterior

On the outside, it is clear that this P38 has been well cared for and pampered throughout its lifetime, shrugging off its age and mileage with apparent ease.

The paintwork looks to be in great condition throughout, with no sign of any impact damage or scuffs, though there are some stone chips to the usual areas on the front end, splitter and exposed edges as expected from a vehicle of this age.

All four wheels look to be in good presentable condition with only a few small marks noted, though these hardly detract from the appearance of the vehicle.

The Mechanics

Underneath, the chassis looks to be in very good shape, which is no doubt a direct result of the vehicle spending the majority of its life in Japan.

The usual surface ‘bloom’ is visible on exposed components such as the exhaust system and suspension, though there are no signs of anything to worry about as far as we can see, and this is backed up by the recent clean MOT exam pass. 

The same is true of the engine bay, with the 4.6-litre V8 engine looking to be in very clean condition, though admittedly there’s not too much to see on account of the numerous black plastic covers that obscure most of the block and ancillaries. 

Based on what we can see and what the vendor has told us, there are no known faults with the vehicle, meaning this P38 is ready to jump in and use as you see fit. 

The Appeal

The P38 is a vehicle that appeals to almost everyone. Whether you’re looking for a reliable go-anywhere, do-anything runaround, a classy way to get from A to B, or looking to add to your collection of modern classics, a P38 is an excellent choice. 

This particular example is in exemplary condition throughout with a recent clean bill of health and the benefits of having spent most of its life in Japan, meaning it is as clean underneath as it is on top, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection of vehicles.

*The photographs in this listing were provided by the seller*

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Land Rover
  • Model Range Rover P38
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 111,624 Kilometers
  • Engine size 4550
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
11 bids from 6 bidders
  • af•••• £8,500 16/06/21
  • af•••• £8,250 16/06/21
  • st•••• £7,750 16/06/21
  • af•••• £7,500 15/06/21
  • th•••• £6,500 13/06/21
  • af•••• £6,000 12/06/21
  • af•••• £5,600 12/06/21
  • ul•••• £3,500 11/06/21
  • ul•••• £2,500 11/06/21
  • as•••• £1,200 11/06/21

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