The Range Rover Reborn marks the return of the original classic off-roader - but only 10 are being made.
If you watched last week’s episode of The Grand Tour, you may remember Clarkson singing the Range Rover Autobiography’s praises as he tried to convince Hammond and May that it makes all other SUVs obsolete. Agree with him or not, he raises a good point: many modern-day SUVs started out as cars that have been adapted into SUVs. The Range Rover, on the other hand, has never pretended to be anything other than a luxurious, highly capable off-roader.
First launched in 1970, the Range Rover Classic remains one of the most seminal SUVs ever built. It may have been superseded by its modern-day successors, but none have matched the incredible staying power of the first-generation model, which stayed in production for 26 years from 1970 – 1996. Now its legacy will live on thanks to Land Rover Classic, with the launch of the Range Rover Reborn from the same group that brought us the lightweight E-Type and Jaguar XKSS. As the name suggests, the original Range Rover is getting the same restoration treatment as the Series 1 Land Rover last year with original factory parts and period-correct details.
Other than the fact it isn’t weathered from over 20 years-worth of off-roading, it’s indistinguishable from the original Range Rover Classic, with the same Bahama Gold paint and a 3.5-liter V8 engine churning out 132 horsepower to match the original spec. The aim is to make the Range Rover Reborn as authentic to the original as possible. Land Rover Classic says it will go to great lengths to source an appropriate base vehicle and preferable chassis number,and will advise customers on its unique characteristics and potential collectability. The catch? Only 10 examples will initially be made. Such meticulous levels of craftsmanship also makes it quite expensive at around $171,000. This is for die-hard collectors only.