Built in 2010 with the older body disguising the latest L405 model's chassis and running gear, it was used for transmission testing in Europe and hot weather tests in the USA. Then in August 2011 it was stripped and rebuilt onto the underpinnings of the new L494 Range Rover Sport for transmission and chassis testing.
Says Dunsfold's Philip Bashall: 'I'm delighted to receive what is a key vehicle in the development of Land Rover, and a two-fold one at that. It's one of the most important cars that we have and it updates the collection with the very latest models.'
This rare surviving prototype can be seen along with the rest of the Dunsfold Collection's amazing vehicle line-up at their upcoming bi-annual Open Weekend on June 15/16.
It's currently the 111th vehicle in the Collection: 'But that might change before the Open Weekend,' says Phil Bashall.
The mule was officially handed over by Nick Rogers, Land Rover's Vehicle Line Director for Range Rover and Mark Cameron, the company's Global Brand Experience Director.
A full story on its history and a look at the other prototype mules in the Dunsfold Collection will be appearing in an upcoming issue of LRO.
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