1995 LAND ROVER Range Rover Classic Vogue SE A

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1995 LAND ROVER Range Rover Classic Vogue SE A

Background

The Range Rover Classic is one of the Top Three Most Influential Cars of the 20th Century; the initial concept of a high-performance car that was as capable on the road as off it was so right – and so far ahead of its time - that it has spawned (and spawned is the word in the case of the Bentley Bentayga et al) every upmarket SUV, crossover and four-wheel-drive estate car since.

But, despite its importance – and its significance is widely recognized, leading to it having been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art and the Musée du Louvre, amongst others - few could have predicted its recent meteoric rise in value: it has gone from an unloved MOT-failure and bobtail candidate to a genuine alternative to a new SUV (have you seen how much JLR is asking for a Range Rover Reborn?) for the well-heeled in less than half a decade.

The Range Rover’s largely aluminium body’s corrosion resistance is somewhat compromised by the steel framework and ladder chassis it sits upon. That said, the 3.5- and 3.9-litre petrol engines are largely bulletproof and both the manual and automatic gearboxes are capable of withstanding a huge amount of abuse with only rudimentary maintenance.

Solid axles front and rear locate coil-spring suspension, a combination that gives the massive wheel articulation that accounts for a large part of the Range Rover’s off-road prowess. Full-time four-wheel-drive (none of your lily-livered all-wheel-drive here…) gives huge traction on snow and ice, and the centre differential can be locked when you need to split the torque equally between the axles in more challenging circumstances.

High-speed stability and handling is peerless for a vehicle of this size, which made it the ideal platform for both the police and special forces; the comfort and decadence it offered made it a firm favourite with the Royal Family and other well-heeled country folk; and its simplicity meant that it could be kept running using only third world tools and facilities where necessary.

The Vehicle

Welcome to our auction for a 1995 ‘soft-dash’ Range Rover Classic. This last-of-the-line Blue Mica example is fitted with the highly sought-after ‘soft dashboard’ and is only for sale because the seller bought two RRCs six months ago only to discover that he really needs to concentrate on one old Land Rover at a time….

In need of cosmetic restoration but largely original, this British icon comes with an advisory-free MoT certificate and what we are told are good mechanicals thanks to a recent top-end engine rebuild.

Being offered with no reserve, it’s going to sell from the very first bid, so why not pop a cheeky offer in and see what happens?

On the Outside

With decent panel alignment, only a slightly mis-fitting bonnet stands out. All open and close properly, even if the rear glass screen doesn’t latch as it should. This is a common problem and a well-trodden path when it comes to fixing it.

The glazing is good bar some stonechips to the windscreen, and the small amount of chromework, while all there, is heavily pitted.

There is an old filler point for an LPG system on the lower edge of the offside rear wing. A tow bar and electrics have been fitted, although we haven’t tested the latter.

The alloy wheels are in a fair condition. Seemingly straight but showing peeling lacquer, they’re shod with a mixed bunch of tyres. All have good tread, and while the fronts are new and matching Ecosavers and one rear is a good Conquerra, the other is a Kumho (date stamped 2010) that has some age-related cracking and will need replacing.

The front and rear bumper caps are faded and the metal centre sections have surface rust (#21, #98, and #179). There’s more corrosion on the rear door shuts (#67), bonnet (#186), wheelarches (#229, #234), and bulkhead (#186).

Others faults include the usual stonechips (#177), dents (#132, #221), scratches (#131), bubbling (#51, #132), and general scrapes (#150). There’s some peeling lacquer too; please see #108 and #118 as examples of what we mean. The paint finish is poor overall.

There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before and sorting it out – and keeping on top of it – will be part-and-parcel of life with a Range Rover Classic.

Best to budget for a respray - and source inspiration from YouTube via George Karellas and his beautifully shot channel Soup Classic Motoring. He painstakingly restored a Range Rover Classic himself and his channel is full of tips and encouragement.

On the Inside

The grey leather seats are in a decent condition, being clean and supportive and having good covers. Only a little cracked and patinated, they could be left as they are for a long while yet before they’ll need replacing or recovering.

The carpets are decent but in need of a clean. Lifting them shows some rust though (#57 and #80).

The headlining is sagging (#128, #160 and #161), and while the front electrically operated windows operate as they should, the rears don’t. The glass sunroof opens and closes as it should.

We tested the rest of the electrics and found the radio, lights, hazard warning lights and indicators work. The electric seats heat up but don’t adjust, and nor do the door mirrors move.

Continuing the whole game-of-two-halves theme, the front windscreen wipers work but the rear one does not. It’s the same with the instruments: all work except for the fuel gauge. The seller has attempted to fix this with a new fuel sender unit - as he has with a new driver’s seat switch - but the reason for these faults must lie elsewhere as they persist.

Some of the wooden veneer is cracked and lifting (#141), the boot is full of bits of trim and the locking doesn’t seem to work, either.

Underneath

The previous two sections might be a bit gloomy (but then this is an old Range Rover, so you can’t have been expected unrelenting good news, surely?), so you might be expecting more of the same.

Not so. With an advisory-free MoT under its belt, the Rangy also boasts a good engine that “pulls well” according to our tame assessor. It also starts, runs, and drives well overall with particular praise being reserved for the gearchange and clutch, which are “smooth”, and brakes that show “no pulling to either side”.

This is partly due to a new head gasket and top-end rebuild for the 3.9-litre fuel-injected V8 petrol engine, good news that’s followed up by more in the shape of a new battery, radiator, and middle and rear exhaust. About £2,500-worth in total, which isn’t to be sniffed at, is it?

As you can see, the work has left the V8 engine eager to start and with a lovely burble to the exhaust note.

The underside and chassis have been waxed recently. The well-known Land Rover mechanic who carried out the waxing regarded the chassis as very solid.

History Highlights

MoT’d until April 2023, it did so with no advisories, which is quite some feat as this was its first test since 2015.

The recent Vehicle History Check shows nothing of any note. Sadly, other than this, the Range Rover doesn’t come with any other paperwork.

What We Think

The Range Rover Classic’s renaissance has stuttered somewhat in the past couple of years; after a period in which the model was achieving what were frankly silly prices, their values have stabilized. For the time being, anyway.

This means that potential owners can now find some decent examples for a lot less than would have been the case a few years ago, examples that might need a bit of work on them but which offer the twin pleasures of being a great drive and an ideal project with which to while away a winter.

This is one such vehicle. Showing its age, it might need significant cosmetic attention but it appears strong mechanically and represents a good basis for improvement.

Best of all, this slice of British history could be yours for somewhere between

£7,000 and £12,000 but it’s being offered with no reserve, so will sell from the very first bid, no matter how derisory that might be.

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 156000
  • Chassis Number: SALLHAMM3MA661744
  • Engine: 3.9
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Right-hand drive
  • Colour: Blue
  • Interior: Grey / Leather
  • Estimated Price: £7,000 - £12,000

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