Land Rover Range Rover Suffix A Lincoln Green 1972
A Rare Opportunity to Acquire an Exceptionally Original, Unmolested & Very Desirable Suffix A Range Rover.
Just 72,000 miles from new. Supplied new to Australia. This vehicle has been kept rust free and has stayed in a very rust free environment for most of its life, the inner wings, rear floor and chassis are all very good and solid. The vehicle was imported into the UK in 2005 when it was first registered by Mr. Pickford in Oxfordshire. He then sold the vehicle and it ended up in South Wales, before the vehicle came into our ownership it was in Cheshire. The vehicle has had a few upgrades to make it more practical and drivable. These upgrades include a Land Rover 200 Tdi Engine and matching 5 speed gearbox, the original engine and gearbox which was removed from the car is included in the sale. However the engine is not the original Suffix A unit. During our recommissioning we did consider fitting a period correct 3.5 litre engine and installing the correct 4 speed gearbox. However after driving the vehicle we where quite surprised with how well it drove and therefore we decided to leave it alone. The brakes where overhauled including new callipers, brake pads and flexis as lack of use had caused them to seize, and the flexis had collapsed causing the brake fluid to not flow to the callipers. We gave the vehicle a full service. The front seats are sightly later with headrests, we had the carpet purpose made and fitted by Nationwide Trim, we did consider retiming the front seats to factory however they have been done so well that it would be a shame to change them. The vehicle retains its original rear drop down number plate, which is proving to be a very rare item to replace. Other detailing was required to bring the vehicle up to the lovely standard that it is today.
Unique in such original condition and we think this is one of the lowest mileage best original un-restored Suffix A examples available.
Retaining all of its original panels and much of its original paint to the interior and engine bay. The exterior has been repainted but has been done to a very good standard.
A very rare find indeed and one unlikely ever to be repeated - truly remarkable!
To find an unmolested example has become very hard, but to find one that is so rust free only covered seventy-two thousand miles, retains all of its original panels, its original chassis, interior well that's unheard of..............
When we acquired ABW 303K with the exception a few very minor scratches there was no damage on the vehicle.
The body is 100% original, and way above the average 47 year old Range Rover. However ABW 303K is not your average Land Rover, it is extraordinary.
It has benefited from a light polish and wax on all panels.
The wheels are finished in silver, which is factory correct for this vehicle.
The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and original, in fact as good as we have ever seen.
It retains it's original rear cross member which has never been welded. The underside has not been covered in under seal but preserved in great condition as you would expect from a hot climate. You can still see the factory overspray under the wings and rear body this is exactly how they left the factory. No welding is required anywhere on this vehicle and it is ready to go.
A few marks have been touched in with a touch up brush over the years but nothing considerably noticeable that requires attention.
The roof is in excellent condition and has no dents or scratches and nothing as been retro fitted or any ariels or additional holes.
The vehicle still retains all it’s original Lucas headlights, lenses for indicators, side lights and brake lights which is nice to see as these items are now obsolete.
Exemplary - the interior has been very well finished including the original headlining, door cards, seats and carpet and rear moulded rubber floor mat.
A very rare find indeed and one unlikely ever to be repeated - truly remarkable!
The dash is unmarked with no cracks or sun damage.
A period Radio has been fitted and the rest of the dashboard had been left unmolested. All windows open, all the window rubbers are good and because the vehicle has been kept under cover not rusted away as so often is the case.
The load area is exceptionally clean and doesn't show any sights of heavy use. This vehicle has not had a working life.
ON THE ROAD
The replacement engine busts into life on the turn of the key. It is apparent that this is a vehicle that has been maintained and covered low mileage it runs as quiet and smooth as any 200 Tdi engine. The gearbox is a real bonus as the 5th gear means there is no requirement for an overdrive. It sits well at 70mph doing roughly 2000 rpm. The. original speedo is also still accurate, even with the change of gearbox, so the gearing as remained very standard. The vehicle has also been fitted with a full set of matching Michelin replica tyres with the correct tread pattern as can be seen in some of the later pictures. In our opinion vehicles never look right unless they are on the right tyres.
A joy to drive and such fun, the vehicle will be supplied with a 12-month MOT with no advisories. Four wheel drive and low range engage, as they should. The gears change up and down as they should it has a very quite gearbox which is a good sign of it's light use over the years.
Almost all Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, ABW 303K is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place.
The steering is as it should be and the vehicle doesn't wonder on the road like some series vehicles do.
ABW 3030K is a lovely useable example in immaculate original condition. For a fraction of the price of a fully restored vehicle. At £125-150,000, the vehicle would even make a great donor vehicle to restore as it is so compete and solid, however it is far better and doesn't need any work it just wants to be used and enjoyed this summer. All the numbers match - the chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself. The engine number also matches that recorded on the logbook. The V5C will also state the new engine size and the type of fuel.
This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners.
It is very solid example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.
It retains its original chassis, still displays the V.I.N clearly stamped on it by the factory.
If you are an investor you will already known the growing importance of original un-messed with condition for classic cars. You will also know that Land Rover never used galvanised chassis for production of Series vehicles - so one that's been fitted with one cannot by any stretch claim to be original and un-messed with. If you are an enthusiast then you will not be disappointed with this vehicle as it is perfect in almost ever detail and is exactly as it left the factory 47 years ago.
This is a very honest 47-year-old Series Land Rover.
What you see is what you get. - albeit with a few aged dings, scratches and marks. Please therefore do not expect absolutely pristine. However you will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle.
Low mileage, history, condition, and originality will contribute greatly to the value of any classic. Anybody can restore a Land Rover to a certain standard however you can't make anymore-original low mileage vehicles and so for that reason these vehicles are becoming increasingly harder to find and so any opportunity to buy one shouldn't be missed.
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