La Aduana: First Production Range Rover

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At Overland International, we have a love for the Range Rover Classic, one of the most visually stunning and capable luxury SUVs ever produced, complete with long-travel suspension, solid axles and interior refinement worthy of the finest estate wagon. Despite the worthwhile underpinnings, the Range Rover Classic is about more than performance, it is the patriarch of a category.

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This 1970, Masai Red Range Rover is one of the most rare in existence, the first production Range Rover and one of the original 20 press vehicles for the model launch. Earlier series numbers are equally coveted, but they were engineering test units, most reflecting the Velar nameplate (an intentional disguise). This is the first production Range Rover, but it still features several prototype components, including the aluminum bonnet. Honeychurch has spent thousands of hours on a bolt-by-bolt restoration of this RRC #26. It can be yours for only $205,000: Range Rover No.26 available from Honeychurch Classic Automobiles 

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Scott is the publisher and founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. He was the expedition leader for the first American team to cross Antarctica by 4x4.