Editor’s Note: There are moments in time when something truly special crosses our path. This moment is an all original 1972 survivor Range Rover Classic, available from the second owner. This is the first Range Rover registered in Austria. The age would allow easy import into North America, although European delivery would be a perfect complement to this moment (once travel restrictions are lifted), on a drive through the Austrian Alps.
The copy below is as delivered by the current owner. Mr. Beccaria has traveled with our team in the past, and is a known entity.
100% original state, un-restored but in good condition for its age. Finished in the iconic Bahama gold, with original PVC (although partially cracked) palomino seats. Left -hand drive, 1972 Range Rover Suffix A is one of the few remaining, unmolested early Range Rovers . Presented in the original condition, this early Suffix A (one single owner from new) has grown into a genuine collectors’ car and leads the charge in both rarity and price.
ORIGINS: RANGE ROVER CLASSIC
With its iconic boxy shape, the original first-generation Range Rover Classic became a vaunted British Motoring Industries production, with a run of 1970 – 1996. A car with international appeal, attracting buyers from across the globe including diverse markets from Japan, Canada and Australia and USA.
Covering some many bases the Range Rover Classic was known to be a “four-in-one” car; luxury, performance, estate and cross country. Initially only available in a 2-door body style until 1981, before the release of the 4-door model, the Range Rover packed in a 3.5 litre V8 under the bonnet running Zenith-Stromberg CD2S carbs allowing the SUV to run at extreme changing attitudes without fault. All pulled along by a 4-speed gearbox and lockable centre differential only instead of the originally released Salisbury Powr-Lok lockable limited-slip diff which was phased out December 1970.
On arrival with the current owner in Switzerland
The very first Range Rover registered in Austria, it was titled there on March 13, 1972 and delivered to a Mr Schwarz . (a meticulous pharmacist). The Range Rover was well kept and loved by Schwarz who kept it road worthy for virtually 40 years, always storing it in his heated garage in the center of Vienna. He used it regularly until I bought it from him in 2011, when he was well into his 90s. Mr. Schwarz managed to maintain all original documents , brochures etc , as well as the original owner’s manual and a ‘Rover Passport to Service’ with a consistent service stamped ‘Maintenance Schedule’ starting from 1972 to 2011.
LOCATION OF VEHICLE
The vehicle is presently imported and stored in Lugano, Switzerland. However it was never exported out of the EU, and retains also the original Austrian documents which makes it re-importable to the EU as well as Switzerland
EXTERIOR: PAINT AND FIXINGS
Although subjected to some minor repairs in some areas the Range Rover still boasts the original Bahama gold paint finish with no major imperfections. All badges, bumpers and exteriors trim are presented in clean and damage free condition.
Sitting on original Rostyle rollers, displayed in clean and wear-free condition, finished in period correct silver paint matching front and free bumpers. Each corner features plenty of tread with miles left in them.
INTERIOR: SEATS AND TRIM
The PVC palomino seats are still 100% original however they have cracks and lining will need to be redone . The bolsters and padding are still firm as expected from a factory original 1970’s Range Rover Classic. An additional sets of seat (and rear bench) from another 2 door range rover have been bought as spares and are available with the vehicle.
INTERIOR: DASH AND INSTRUMENTS
Retaining original Jaeger instruments all in perfect working condition. The dashboard remains crack free with clean unmisted dials.
MECHANICALS: THE DRIVE
The 3.5-litre V8 roars down the road pulled along by a firm and precise 4-speed transmission. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a presentable engine bay with no odd noises or other issues to note.
If you are interested in taking up this rare opportunity to own the most iconic 4X4 mother of all SUV please inquire by phone or email. I will happy to welcome any serious buyers to my premises to view the car in its current state and to view our facilities. Offers can be discussed, but buyers should expect the vehicle to sell for over $45,000 USD. Contact Mr. Beccaria: firstname.lastname@example.org
At its current location in Switzerland, and in good company. . .