Remember the 1979 Range Rover Classic 2dr that sold for £74,300 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in June? Jaguar Land Rover bought it. With just 5635 miles on the clock since new, it’s stunning. It was the centrepiece of Land Rover Heritage’s NEC display, flanked by a lovely 1952 Minerva 80in on a tilt test table and the Series I in OxCam colours that took part in the 2012 ‘Millionth Discovery’ adventure.
The latest news from Land Rover Heritage Parts is that the Freelander 1 will join the Land Rover Heritage range from January 2016, by which time it’ll be 10 years out of production.
Just across the aisle from Land Rover Heritage were even more significant Range Rovers with restoration specialist Famous Four: pre-production 1970 Velar ‘YVB 158H’ in its correct Deep Bronze Green, and a very early Suffix A production two-door – the third built after the Velars and press-launch vehicles.
As well as displays from major Land Rover clubs such as the Land Rover Series One Club, Series 2 Club, and Ex-Military Land Rover Association, the Dunsfold Collection made a popular NEC debut with the 1967 Series IIA V8 prototype, and the one-off 1965 OTAL (One Ton Amphibious Land Rover).
Well worth making a date in your diary for the 2016 event: November 11-13. See necclassicmotorshow.com