What's the story?
Richard Hopkins, a serial Range Rover collector bought a tatty old P38 to fill in the ‘gap’ between his Classics and his L322, not realising the unique nature of the vehicle he’d acquired.
Peter Galilee discovers how Richard unearthed the P38’s incredible history and joins him, and retired policeman, John Swain who was in the vehicle on the day of the funeral, for a very special reunion. John Swain relives that momentous day, bringing to life the images we’re all so familiar with.
Our favourite bit?
What’s so remarkable is how this unique vehicle survived at all and an apparently ‘random’ buying decision by Richard led to its restoration.
And the verdict from LRO writer Peter Galilee?
Restoring a car like this difficult because much of what makes it so unique, its special equipment, is obsolete. Getting the correct fittings has been a real challenge for Richard but he’s done a remarkable job, but the job isn’t finished yet. There are still some crucial bits of kit he needs to track down.
Model: P38 Range Rover SE
Engine: 4.0-litre V8 petrol injection
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, two-speed transfer box
Tyres: Michelin 235/70x16