Check out three of the world's rarest Range Rovers
Highly original examples of three special edition Range Rovers are to appear at Land Rover Legends in May. Read all about them here first
Three special edition Range Rovers have been added to the line-up of the new Land Rover Legends event, which takes place at Bicester Heritage on May 26.
The three vehicles are a 1981 In Vogue, with just 25,000 miles from new (its first owner and his son kept it for over 25 years), a 1990 Range Rover CSK that is is number 1 of the 200 made, with just 24,000 miles on the clock, and a second-generation 2000 Range Rover Linley Limited Edition, one of only six built. More details below.
Vehicles from Land Rover Classic Works will also be displayed at the event, with confirmation of those due soon.
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Range Rover In Vogue
The 1981 Range Rover In Vogue signalled the marque's first foray into the worlds of fashion, style and luxury, in a partnership with Vogue magazine. The idea was to attract attention to a number of new features on the two-door Range Rover. An eight-page advertisement entitled Rendez-vous à Biarritz featured the In Vogue Range Rover alongside Jaeger’s spring fashion collection in the May 1981 issue of Vogue, a first for a car manufacturer at the time.
Several hundred first series ‘In Vogues’ were sold in the UK and overseas. All were finished in a special Vogue Blue paint with double pin-striping, and featured walnut door capping, a picnic hamper, radio cassette player and carpets throughout – this was all new at the time, and the carpet marked the beginning of the end for the Range Rover’s traditional vinyl 'hose-out' flooring.
Range Rover CSK
The first ever sporty production Range Rover was arguably the 1990 CSK, named in honour of Range Rover creator Charles Spencer King. It was a limited edition of 200 two-door vehicles, which by that point was nearing the end of production. All were finished in Beluga Black.
The CSK was the first to feature the more powerful 3.9-litre V8 engine, and was available with either manual or automatic transmission. Bespoke leather and American walnut trim added to the luxury feel.
Range Rover Linley
The Range Rover Linley of 1999 was the most exclusive (and expensive) Range Rover ever made. it was available to special order only, and only six were recorded as sold, so it is likely to remain the most exclusive production Range Rover ever built.
The idea was for it to be the ultimate ‘city’ Range Rover, with exterior and interior finishes were designed and specified by Lord Linley. The ‘country’ equivalent to the Linley was the Holland & Holland limited edition, which followed soon after the Linley.
The Linley was based on the standard 4.6-litre V8 HSE Range Rover. Each one was finished at Land Rover’s Special Vehicles department in Solihull, receiving a 12-coat hand-finished paint-job and a bespoke, handmade interior – in black, inside and out.
Each Linley was fitted with an on-board television and VCR player, and even the glass was specially polished. It was priced at £100,000 in 1999, the first Range Rover to break the six-figure barrier.
All three of these special Range Rovers will be displayed at Land Rover Legends at Bicester Heritage. Tickets for the event are available on the Land Rover Legends website.
Pictures courtesy of the Dunsfold Collection Archive
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