When the time came to replace our old SUV, I was keen to go for a more luxurious interior and more power – mpg wasn’t too important as I do only about 4000 miles a year. My online searches in September 2014 brought me to this unusual Balmoral Green Range Rover L322. I really liked the colour; not everyone else does.
When I went to see it, I was shocked to find that what I thought was a lovely leather interior was in fact the factory no-cost option of Sand cloth. Who on earth would downgrade a Range Rover?
On the other hand, the original owner specified wood-effect trim everywhere, and the V8 breathed through Overfinch stainless steel pipes, with a lively engine remap. I negotiated a price, brimmed the tank (£130) and set off home.
After a bit of digging around, I managed to gather more details about our L322. The original owner used it to collect clients from the airport and ferry them to his shoot. He actually wanted to get the Balmoral paint job straight from Land Rover through the Autobiography scheme, but baulked at the year-long waiting list. So he bought it in Java Black and had it customised at Overfinch, where they also painted the door handles, side vents and mirror casings. A couple of people who spray cars for a living tell me what a top-class paint job it has.
I recently bought a set of Range Rover Sport alloys with road tyres for the summer, but I’ll use the original alloys with all-terrain tyres during the winter. I haven’t modified it otherwise, beside fitting tinted side repeaters.
In my first year of ownership it has needed nothing more than new brake pipes and rear brakes. I’ll probably get the gearbox flushed for good measure, but everything works perfectly. Long may that be the case!
This owner review appeared in the March 2016 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.