1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE in Westminster Grey For Sale

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  • £9,500 Or near offer
  • 1993
  • Taunton
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Price £9,500 Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category 4x4s
Make Land Rover
Model Range Rover
Year 1993
Mileage 130,400 miles
Country UK
Region Somerset
Town Taunton
Telephone 07917 800940
Status Private
Ref C1276129
For Sale is my 1993 Classic Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE in Westminster Grey with matching leather interior. L487YCC, 130,400 miles, Multipoint LPG system, ten months MOT.

Price £9500

It’s the best time of year to buy a truly capable 4x4 with full time four wheel drive, it’s also the 50th year since the Range Rover entered production and with all the attention on the marque, values are strong; this is one of the last of the hard dash models, and I think it’s the best model in the best colour and specification in the entire production history of the Range Rover Classic.

After three years of fun and duty as a daily driver, having covered 20,000 miles around the UK including some epic road trips from Herts to Scotland and up to Anglesey, it’s time to say goodbye to this fantastic car. My girls have moved away to university (for which the Range Rover was the perfect vehicle for lugging all their stuff in style and comfort to and from uni accommodation) and I am now living abroad. Thanks to Covid-19 disrupting our travel plans this year the car has sat idle and as anyone who runs an old car as a daily will know, they need to be exercised regularly to stay fit and healthy so it’s time to find a new owner who has the time and opportunity to give it the attention it deserves.

This has been my second Classic Range Rover, and in stark contrast to the first which was an absolute shed even though it was only fifteen years old, this one is well-maintained and in very good health especially considering its twenty seven years of service. In my favourite colour combo of Westminster Grey inside and out, this car is original and unmolested, and having been well looked-after I have not needed to do any major work on it (with the exception of the gearbox - see below). As such it has the patina of a well loved and carefully used car, and was our everyday driver so please don’t expect a perfect pampered restoration as you’d have to find at least £30k for one of those.

This particular car is special as it is one of the very last hard-dash models, but is in the highest possible Vogue SE trim level with the most robust 3.9L variant of the fuel injected V8. As such it came from the factory with all the options including a/c, cruise control, air suspension, heated electrically powered seats, ABS, electronic traction control, anti-roll bars, electric glass sunroof, heated windscreen, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, automatic lcd dimming rear-view mirror with map lights, factory alarm and central locking. The interior is in very good condition with no tears or damage to the leather and most importantly a complete and undamaged dashboard with every switch, plastic cover and rubber mat present and correct. All the wood is healthy, the carpets are in very good condition and I replaced the gear selector quadrant as the celluloid strips in the old one had perished and the bulbs had blown. There is some sun fading to the back of the instrument binnacle, but as a bonus there are thick lambswool mats for the rear passengers and in the boot the parcel shelf and supports are in very good condition. The headliner was replaced by the previous owner and is in excellent shape. I had a Pioneer head unit in the car which I have removed, but I am including in the sale the Land Rover stereo that came with the car.

The car runs very well indeed; the engine is strong and smooth, the driveshafts, diffs and transfer box are quiet and don’t whine or rumble and the gearbox operates perfectly, which is not surprising seeing as it’s a refurbished Ashcroft ZF4HP22 unit which I fitted two years ago at a total cost of around £2000. The LPG conversion is an Italian OMVL multi-point system and the 65L tank takes the place of the spare wheel in the boot. The previous owner had the conversion carried out but did it without cutting into any body panels or dashboard plastics, and so it would be very easy to remove the system and you’d never know it had been installed. Of course on LPG you cut the fuel bills almost in half (depending on pump prices) which makes the car much more affordable to run. The steering and suspension is also in excellent shape with no creaks, bumps, knocks or wobbles to disrupt the driving experience.

When I bought the car the air suspension was fully functional but very soon it started to act up and would sink down to the bump stops in “limp home mode”. I didn’t have the correct electronic equipment to diagnose or reset the suspension ECU, nor any local mechanics who understood the system and as it was a daily driver that needed to be dependable I converted the car to coil springs. The ride and handling feel just as good as it did on airbags, but apart from the air springs themselves, all the other air suspension components are still in situ if anybody would want to restore the original system.

Regarding the bodywork, we need to stress that the car is not in perfect condition; instead after nearly thirty years on the road it exhibits an honest patina (faded black paint around window frames, weathered exterior plastics, vinyl and rubbers, minor scuffs, small dings and scratches, and a few small rust bubbles) but still looks very nice and gets a huge amount of attention on the road. The original three spoke alloy wheels need refurbishing (I bought some replacements, but before I could get them painted they were stolen from my storage area) and the rear bumper either needs a good rubbing down and respray, or a replacement steel section. I fitted a new upper tailgate with new gas struts as the one which came on the car (which was not the original one) was quite rusty, and I managed to get one with the correct central locking actuator and got that operational. However, the lower tailgate is now at the stage where it too needs to be replaced or re-skinned.

The underside of the car is honest and unmolested and you can still see the original factory marks on the axles but there is now some surface rust, though nothing structural, and it would benefit from having that rubbed down, treated and a good coat of suitable underbody protection. If I was keeping the car this would be the next job on my list. There are also a couple of historic welding repairs that need some rubbing back and touching up.

The brakes are amazing on this model of Range Rover as the brake servo incorporates an electric motor to pressurise the ABS system’s nitrogen filled accumulator, which gives a beautifully firm and powerful brake feel - this car has the best brakes of any car I’ve driven and provides massive confidence on the road. I changed the ABS valve block to get the car through the MOT two months ago, but the ABS light is still lit so that will need further investigation, but may simply be the relay. Three tyres still have plenty of miles left in them, but one will need replacing soon. Under the bonnet everything is clean and orderly. I replaced the radiator and refreshed some hoses due to a coolant leak and I resealed the sump gasket due to an oil leak. After I refilled the cooling system an airlock was pushing the coolant out through the cap, but my local garage got that sorted and the cooling system is now in excellent shape. There was an oil leak from the rear diff due to a blocked breather but I’ve just had that sorted and the diff refilled with EP90, and I have fitted a brand new battery.

In summary then this is a nice honest and well-maintained example of what I think is the best model in the best colour and specification that Solihull ever offered. It comes complete with Drivers Handbook, Land Rover bottle jack and handle, Land Rover wheel chocks in zip-up case, an original stereo and a file with all the receipts and bills running into the thousands from my ownership along with some former history.
Looking at the way prices are rising at the moment, with a bit of attention to undersealing and cosmetics and refurbishing the wheels this would easily be a £20k example and with all the attention on the brand due to this being the 50th year of the Marque, it’s a sound investment as a classic car.

Good points:
Reconditioned Ashcroft gearbox with new transmission fluid fitted less than 5000 miles ago
Coil springs replace the troublesome air suspension
Lpg runs nicely and provides good equivalent economy
Car hasn’t been messed with and is in mostly original condition
Drives beautifully - quiet and smooth engine, drivetrain and suspension
Replaced upper tailgate complete with central locking module which was missing before, and new gas struts.
Brand new battery
New fuel filter and renewed associated fuel lines
Suspension ball joints just replaced
Front brake lines just replaced
ABS unit just replaced
New radiator and fresh coolant
Resealed sump gasket
Rear diff leak fixed and fresh fluids in both front and rear diffs and transfer case
Excellent interior with no holes or damage to dashboard, seats and carpets
Electric seats - fully functional except for memory
Parcel shelf present and in top condition
Thick lambswool floor mats in rear
Headliner replaced within last five years
Original owners manual, jack, wheel chocks
History and receipts from the last few years
Original radio included

Work still needed:
Abs light and traction control lights are on - needs investigating
Cruise control does not work
A/c does not blow cold
Blower operates on 1 & 3 but not position 2
Heated electric windscreen - some elements not working
Rear window drivers side is slow - needs exercising!
Some small spots of corrosion on Birmabrite panels and leading edge of bonnet
Wheels need refurbishing
One tyre a bit worn
Rear bumper needs rubbing down and repainting or replacing
Lower tailgate is rusty - needs a re-skin or replacement.
Underside needs rubbing down, painting and underseal protection is due.
Rust starting to show in one or two places where welded in the past
Tailgate locks on central locking fob, but unlocks on key.

The car is located near Taunton in Somerset and can be viewed by appointment. Test drives only with proof of comprehensive insurance.

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