What’s the story?
David Tyler is the sort of chap that ‘near enough is never good enough’. When it came to restoring his 4.2 Range Rover Classic LSE, this approach pushed all his engineering skills to the limit. The result is stunning. As an added bonus, the vehicle has an interesting history, if you’re a Dire Straits fan; it used to belong to the band’s Mark Knopfler.
Our favourite bit?
It’s got be either the engine or the paintwork; they’re both amazing. The beautiful Mosswood Green paint seems to come alive in the damp, misty weather in the Cheviot foothills. The 4.2-litre V8 purrs along sweetly as the extra length of the LSE helps soak up the restless road surface. The interior is as immaculate as the exterior.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
The amount of work that David has put into this restoration is self-evident. The immaculate finish he’s achieved is equally obvious. The car doesn’t squeak or rattle. The mechanics are only evidenced by a gentle hum; there’s no transmission clunk to felt or heard. It’s a job fit for a prince and I suspect it could be worth a king’s ransom, compared to the wreck it was just a year ago.
Model: Range Rover Classic LSE
Engine: 4.2V8 petrol, multi-point LPG
Power: 200bhp at 4850rpm
Torque: 250lb ft at 3250rpm
Max speed: 110mph