Twelve years ago, Mrs T had a green Range Rover Vogue SE and I was running a Tdi. A financial crisis hit, so her Range Rover had to go. She was really upset, and I promised I’d buy her another some day. Now, with prices increasing by the minute, I thought I’d better do just that.
A reasonable example would cost £5000-£6000, but I decided to go for a project, and gradually bring it back to good health.
The one I found is a 1992 Vogue SE, in Ardennes Green with beige leather. It’s the right spec, but has been off the road for more than a year as an MoT failure.
I’d already noticed a lot of the rust when I checked it over, but it turned out to be far worse than expected when Stan at Turbo 4x4 started pulling it apart. It needs new inner wings, sills, probably a new rear floor and body crossmember.
Is it really worth doing? Well, yes, for a couple of reasons.
First, once fixed, it should be better than any up-and-running Range Rover I could have bought for the same money.
Second, it’s rather interesting. In summer 1991, Land Rover was planning to launch its 1992 Range Rovers with air suspension. The vehicles were being built, a press event had been arranged and then the suspension software failed its reliability tests. Land Rover postponed the on-sale date and cancelled the press launch.
Apparently, 102 air-sprung vehicles had already been built by then, all of which were converted to coil springs. Air suspension eventually arrived a year later, on the 1993 models.
I’d never identified one of that first build batch until I met J180 OAC. Built in July 1991, it joined the Management Fleet at Solihull before being sold on.
Though now on coils, it still has the brackets and wiring for air suspension, which I plan to use.
I’m not setting a deadline, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually I just hope my bank account holds up under the strain.