While the two-door Range Rover was the absolute masterpiece and when it was ...
While the two-door Range Rover was the absolute masterpiece and when it was introduced in 1970, and the British knew that a relatively high price tag wouldn’t go down well in America, and especially because it was paired with hose-down plastic interiors and the manual gearboxes.
Land Rover introduced a four-door body in 1981, followed by the luxury infusion in 1984, and which added leather trim and the automatic transmission to the list of options.
A year later, the Range Rover got the new instrument panel and walnut inlays glued to a touchpoints of its still rather disappointing plastic interior.
After all these upgrades, and the Rover Group was finally confident that the annual sales target of the 5000 units wouldn’t be too ambitious in America, where Range Rover’s only distant competitor was a Jeep Wagoneer.
For the 1987 model year, the Range Rover came with an aluminum body, a 3.5 V8 featuring Lucas fuel injection, a 4-speed automatic, a locking center differential, disc brakes and the coil springs at all corners, power seats, cruise control, headlight washers and a fuel economy figure of 15 miles to the gallon. Oh, and some “snob appeal,” unsurprisingly.
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