Pride of place in my dream garage (the hermetically sealed, air conditioned barn conversion upon which all my lottery winnings will be squandered) goes to a Range Rover Classic LSE.
I fell for the stretched Classic the first time I drove one for the December 2013 issue of LRO. Available from the 1993 model year onwards, that little bit of extra wheelbase (stretched from 100in to 108in) gives great stability on the motorway, while the electric leather seats, 4.2-litre 200bhp Rover V8 and air suspension waft you along with just a smidgen more magic than the already-wonderful standard model.
This particular LSE is quite the collector’s piece, having been breathed on by Overfinch, and fitted with a 4.6-litre JE Engineering V8. It’s a late model, so you get the ‘soft dash’ (a bit like more like a Discovery than the older Range Rover dash) and Brooklands body kit (colour coded molded bumpers rather than the old black steel ones), plus the funky extra driving lights in the grille.
The asking price of £8500 could be reasonable, but bear in mind a car like this will swallow your lottery winnings whole if it needs structural repairs. Familiarise yourself with LRO’s Range Rover Classic Buying Guide before committing yourself.
On the plus side, values for Range Rover Classics are booming, so find a good one and look after it (you’d be mad to off-road it, sadly) and you’re onto a sound investment.
What’s the best thing about the Classic LSE? You will never feel traffic light envy. Whatever vehicle pulls alongside you at a red light – be it a Lamborghini, Rolls Royce or even a brand new Range Rover – will just look a bit, well… tasteless.