The latest automotive tuning craze strikes gold with this gorgeous original Range Rover.
The all-new Range Rover is finally here to set new standards for luxury SUVs and steal sales from the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. If, however, you prefer the look of the original Range Rover Classic that pioneered the luxury SUV segment over 50 years, ago there are plenty of restomod companies that can upgrade it to modern standards.
Earlier this year, ECD Automotive Design created the world's first fully electric Range Rover several years before the new Range Rover EV officially launches. Now, Kingsley Cars have modernized the Range Rover Classic, combining old-school styling with new levels of luxury and improved reliability and efficiency.
Dubbed the ULEZ Reborn Range Rover Classic, the new restomod is designed to be compliant with London's expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone. Each Range Rover Classic is stripped to its bare shell, rebuilt, and seamlessly welded to prevent rusting. As standard, the Reborn Range Rover Classic comes is powered by a re-engineered 4.0-liter V8 rated at 220 hp. A more powerful 4.6-liter V8 is also available with 270 hp. Both engines are mated to a ZF four-speed automatic transmission and a rebuilt transfer case from Borg Warner. According to Kingsley Cars, both configurations return up to 25 mpg.
The exterior can be upgraded with LED headlights with washers, while the interior can be optioned with front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, electric power steering, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, and a seven-speaker sound system. Heated seats, electric windows, and adjustable electric mirrors also come as standard.
"Having been around classic Range Rovers for most of my life and after building a business around these vehicles, it was crucial for the company to come up with a way to not only continue to restore classic Range Rovers and Land Rovers but to enhance them for modern use," said Damon Oorloff, Founder of Kingsley Cars. "And so, our classic Range Rover Reborn series was created. Designed for fans and enthusiasts of the classic model, it ensures that when driving in London, road users will not be hit by the ULEZ charge following its expansion to both the North and South Circular roads."
As you would expect, the ULEZ Reborn Range Rover Classic is not cheap, with pricing starting at £125,000 ($172,020) - that's almost twice the price of the new 2023 Range Rover's MSRP. Ouch.