What’s the story?
Standard, top-of-the-range offerings not special enough for you? Land Rover introduced its Autobiography custom-finishing scheme at the 1993 Earls Court Motor Show, to keep one step ahead of rival manufacturers. The idea was that you could personalise your Range Rover - Autobiography wasn’t available on the other models - with special paints, interior finishes and equipment you couldn’t specialise on anything else.
The scheme was a success and the idea was to expand the Autobiography scheme to embrace Discovery and Freelander as well.
Expansion plans were developed during early 2000, with a view to announcing the scheme at the Motor Show that autumn, with two Freelanders (a blue five-door and a yellow three-door), and two Discos (a V8 automatic in British Racing Green and a V8 manual in Damson Red). One of each was supposed to be at the show, and the press release promised the green one, but it didn’t appear.
Our favourite bit?
There are still several mysteries associated with the Discovery Autobiography scheme, not the least of which is what became of the green companion vehicle. I’ve discovered that it was used for an internal exhibition at Solihull, but that’s all. And what were the real reasons for the cancellation of the Discovery Autobiography programme?
And the verdict?
The paint job is the most obvious special feature, with wheelarches, sills, bumpers and door mirror bodies all colour coded. The quality of the finish is superb - and you’d never guess that this Discovery started life as a black ES model.
It’s entirely practical and meets everyday needs, and yet it’s very special at the same time.
Engine 4.0-litre V8 petrol Power 182bhp at 4750rpm Torque 233 lb ft at 3100rpm Gearbox R380 five-speed manual with LT230 transfer box Suspension Coil springs at front, air springs at rear Interior Rear aircon option; unique leather and wood trim Exterior Autobiography Damson Red paint (also used for most elements that are black plastic on standard models and for alloy wheel highlights)
The full story can be found in the December 2015 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.