First-Ever Range Rover Restored and Up for Auction

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Mounting hills and ascending price tags for 44 years.

As the first production car to combine off-road abilities with an air of luxury and aristocratic charm, the first generation Land Rover Range Rover has grown to inspire the decades of SUVs that followed. And as the first example ever to be built, this specific Rover is truly a symbol of everything that a luxury off-roader should be. Having been through a complete, six-year long restoration process, the first Range Rover is now up for sale in the UK through Silverstone Auctions.

The car's ownership history is somewhat obscure, with a big hole in the records from 1975 to 1990. But a meticulous restoration process has returned it to its earlier glory, with its 8-cylinder, 3.5-liter engine ready to roll up any mountain or become the prized crown of any collection. The Range is expected to fetch anywhere between£100,000 and £140,000 ($168,000-$235,000) when it crosses the block at the Salon Prive event next month.

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