Range Rover Vogue LSE
1995 model year
first registered 12/1993
Plymouth Blue metallic
Sorrell Brown Connolly leather interior
99 800 miles / 160 000 kms
Like with most iconic cars with a long life span it’s the first and the last of the line that become the most sought after – only think air-cooled 911 and E-type. The same is so true with the original Range Rover, introduced in 1970 with the very last cars produced in early 1996. Only the last model year benefited from a totally modern interior look later known as “soft dash”. The dashboard design was shared by the new Land Rover Discovery, but with walnut inserts, analogue clock and some other differences.
The Vogue LSE (Europe) and County LWB (US) with 20 cm / 8″ extended wheelbase were the ultimate luxury incarnations of the classic Range Rover. Only available with the 4.2 litre V8 engine and automatic transmission, the list of standard equipment included adjustable air suspension, leather seats with full electric controls and seat heating, alarm with remote control, burr walnut veneer, heated windscreen, airbags, cruise control, electrically dimming rear view mirror with map lights, semi-automatic dual zone air conditioning, glass tilt slide sunroof and Harman/Kardon premium audio with subwoofer. Electric windows and mirrors as well as central locking had already become standard a few years earlier, among with many othe improvements taking the Range Rover several decades forward from the original simplistic design introduced in 1970.
According to the accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, this left hand drive example was built as “LHD, Home Market” and has been European/UK registered since new as L75THP. First delivered by the well-known Land Rover distributor Guy Salmon to a British buyer to be used by him in the south of France. Same owner 1993 – 2106.
Found with the help of classicmobilia.co.uk in early 2016, the car has since gone through an extensive renovation including rust removal and prevention, new headlining, walnut veneer restoration, interior leather renovation and upgrades including additional leather with contrast stitching in steering wheel, door panels and centre console. New Wilton carpet set including rear compartment and lid. Fitted with latest Pioneer cd/dvd/navigation flip screen head unit (ideally suited for the late dashboard design) and rear view camera, coupled with the original premium audio system by Harman/Kardon.
The original air suspension system has been replaced by conventional springs and shock absorbers by the previous owner, but refitting of the air suspension is possible since all the main components are in place. Many owners prefer the steel springs because of their simplicity.
12/1993 date of build and first registration in Coventry, UK
08/1995 registered to Central Fleet Ltd, Bosham, Chichester, UK
07/1999 registered to Mr S A Niel-Mee, Arundel, UK
05/2007 MOT inspection, 78228 miles
09/2010 MOT inspection, 94407 miles
10/2010 service, new radiator, various suspension and steering components, bushes, ball joints etc., Semley Lan-Trac 4×4 Ltd, Semley UK, total 1753 GBP, 94406 miles
01/2011 replace starter motor, Semley Lan-Trac 4×4 Ltd, Semley UK
02/2012 MOT inspection, 95123 miles
03/2013 MOT inspection, 97449 miles
04/2013 various works, Semley Lan-Trac 4×4 Ltd, Semley UK
06/2014 MOT inspection, 97577 miles
10/2015 MOT inspection, 97855 miles
02/2016 to present day – restoration and upgrades