What’s the story?
Frenchman David had wanted a Range Rover for years and finally took the plunge in 2002 after seeing a 2.5-litre 1995 P38 DSE advertised in the south of France for €10,000 (about £7000). He struck a deal and the P38 became his everyday vehicle for work and pleasure. Back then he was a 31-year-old, high-mileage business executive.
13 years later, his P38 is much modified and running on 35in tyres. It certainly puts the high into high mileage and must be among France’s tallest P38. After 10 years of ownership, David started wondering how far off tarmac he could take his P38 and began modifying it.
‘I was clueless when I bought my Range Rover – all I knew was that it had a 2.5-litre BMW engine. Since then I’ve got to know every inch of it and modified it significantly in the last few years’.
Our favourite bit?
David told us: ‘When I first went to a Land Rover show with this set-up, I could hear spectators laughing when I started a cross-axle course in a P38 where even Defenders were struggling – but soon they stopped…’
And the verdict from LRO writer Jérõme André?
Despite massive wheels and raised coil-spring suspension, this P38 is still very comfortable on twisty tarmac. Off road, it devours Defenders for breakfast!
Vehicle: Range Rover P38 DSE
Engine: 2.5 turbodiesel
Torque: 250lb ft at 1800rpm
Transmission: standard five-speed gearbox and transfer box
Axles: Standard with rear limited slip-diff
Springs: Bearmach, Britpart
Dampers: Britpart Cellular Dynamic DC6001LL
Wheels: Steel 10x15in ET-32 5x120
Tyres: 35/12.5 R15 Cooper Discoverer STTs