The Range Rover was a defining car for Land Rover. It showed that it could build dependable, rugged off-roaders that were also comfortable and highly luxurious.
The original Range Rover is still a hugely popular model in the classic car world, with prices regularly north of £50,000. The Classic, which was an evolution of that first model, is going very much the same way. Then we have the version you’re looking at here; the P38. This is the next hot ticket. The time to buy is most definitely now.
The smart money is backing the P38 right now. It’s still pure, and still has the expected Range Rover charm. Plus, it’s nowhere near as troublesome as the L322 that replaced it. The P38 was a last hurrah for proper engineering before the Range Rover, ahem, range was filled with delicate computers.
This 2000 Range Rover Vogue has, as they say, good bones. It’s a solid, well looked-after example that has the potential to be a seriously wise investment. It’s got good history, it’s in generally good condition throughout, it’s the desirable Vogue specification and it has a V8 up front.
There is plenty of paperwork included. Firstly, you have the V5 in the current owner’s name. This shows the car had five owners prior. There is a current MOT certificate along with a few previous test sheets. The current MOT is about to expire. However, the owner has told us that he will ensure it has a fresh test in place in readiness for the winning bidder. Talk about service.
There is a service book, which is full of dealer and specialist stamps. There is an owner’s manual, too. Then we have the receipts for all the work done in the past. The most significant of which being a new engine in 2009. We don’t have any information as to why it was replaced, but we do have the £2300 invoice for it. There is also paperwork showing a new air-condition pump has been fitted, new wheel hubs, new air-suspension compressor, new exhaust and much more. It has lived a life wanting for nothing.
The cabin is in good condition throughout. The cream leather with red piping is just nicely broken in, but in no way worn or damaged. The rear seats are excellent, as is the passenger seat. The door cards seem to have escaped the battering normally seen on Range Rovers, and are all presentable. The red carpet throughout the cabin is also in lovely condition, having been protected by rubber mats. Make no mistake, this isn’t your typical, abused mud-plugger. It’s plush in here.
The dash is excellent with no cracks or unsightly holes. There are no dead pixels to be seen within the screens, and everything appears to function as it should. The steering wheel isn't worn, nor is the gear selector. It’s all very nice. The seats, which are electric, function as they should with strong sounding motors.
Around the back, you have the traditional split-fold rear, where the lower half drops and the upper raises. The rams on the glass are still strong, and the hinges on the lower section are in good order and hold the boot where it should be. The boot itself is clean and tidy, having been protected by a hard plastic boot liner.
The only negative we could see, other than the expected bit of wear and tear from twenty years of use, is the sagging headlining. This is confined to the rear of the cabin, and will need repair. Though you could simply pin it up if you were so inclined.
As you can see, this old Range Rover presents very well indeed. There are signs of life, of course. It’s twenty-one years old. Some of the black plastic on the light guards has faded, as has the grille. The Range Rover emblem on the bonnet is missing a couple of bits, and there is some light corrosion under the driver side wing mirror. But that’s about it, really.
The body is refreshingly straight and true, with good panel gaps and no significant damage or corrosion. The sills look good, as do all the pillars and hinges. The paint is in generally good condition, with no heavy scratches or marks.
The bumpers are free from any cracks or significant damage. The tailgate is in good condition, too. It’s a very straight, honest old thing. It’s a car that has been used and enjoyed, and cared for throughout. If you want a Range Rover that still cuts a dash, while still being eminently usable, this is it.
As we mentioned earlier, the engine was replaced in 2009. The owner can’t tell us why, but can attest to the replacement engine being a fine and dependable unit. It was a like-for-like replacement though, so is still a 4,559cc V8. It starts up without question and sounds really, really strong. There are no untoward noises, no smoke and no evidence of any fluid loss. It’s a strong unit.
The owner tells us that the automatic transmission shifts as it should, and is smooth and refined in its operation. He doesn’t use the car off-road, but he has been sure to engage the all-wheel drive to keep it healthy. The brakes are in good order, as are the tyres and the suspension, which we’re told doesn’t rattle or creak. It’s still every bit the best example of a refined, luxury off-roader.
As we mentioned earlier, the MOT is about to expire. However, the owner has told us that he will ensure it has a fresh test in place in readiness of the new owner collecting it. T\rue peace of mind motoring, right there.
Finally, looking underneath, there is nothing of major concern. It’s not a concours show car under there - this car is driven. However, it is all very solid, there is no significant rust to be concerned by and there is no damage nor any immediately obvious fluid leaks. Oh, and of course, the air-suspension is in fine fettle and once pressurised, works without fault. The ride as a result is sublime.
The P38 is only going one way in terms of values, and that’s up. And in Vogue spec, with the big V8, they have never been more popular. This one has been cared for, it has been looked after with little regard for cost and it stands now as a lovely example that is ready to be used. There are bits that would benefit from some love, like the light guards and so on, but it’s aesthetic stuff. Things you can do yourself at home. The important stuff like the engine, transmission, suspension and body are all in fine order, and as such, make this Range Rover a particularly tempting prospect. Buy it, improve it, enjoy it, and you’ll not lose so much as a penny on it. This is a proper future classic, make no mistake.
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