Land Rover will display a beautifully restored 1978 Range Rover at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris, the latest work of its ‘Reborn’ operation for classic Range Rovers and Land Rovers.
The vehicle on display – a two-door model (the four-door version debuted in 1981) – is painted in the popular Bahama Gold colour and is powered by a 3.5-litre V8 petrol engine complete with a Zenith-Stromberg 175CD carburetor.
All 98kW/251Nm is delivered via four-speed manual transmission and of course there is a lockable centre differential for tough off-road duties.
By way of comparison, the current Range Rover lineup is headlined by a supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 delivering 405kW and 680Nm via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Range Rover Reborn follows in the wheeltracks of a Land Rover Series 1 Reborn which was shown last year.
Every vehicle in the program will protect its authenticity as the restoration will use only Land Rover Classic Parts and the finished job will match the original 1970s factory specification including period-correct colours, interior trim and accessories. The Range Rover Reborn team will provide advice on collectability, unique characteristics, and preferred chassis numbers.
It’s serious business with prices for completely restored vehicles starting at £135,000 ($220,050).
“Range Rover reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise,” explained Tim Hannig, Land Rover Classic Director.
“It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectable automotive icon.”