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Even before the 'Land-Rover' had been launched a new version of it was being considered; a 4x4 vehicle with comfort. The Land-Rover was a hastily developed vehicle to help Rover re-start production after the war and to generate exports. It was expected that the austere Land-Rover would lose customers when prosperity returned and that a more car-like four wheel drive vehicle should be developed. The 'Road Rover' was the answer with running versions from 1951, and a Road Rover II was close to production in 1958. In 1964 after Spen King had joined Rover he teamed up with Gordon Bashford on the 'Road Rover' and together they turned this into the 'Range Rover'. From 1967 the Range Rover mould was set, and when David Bache was asked to finalise the design he did little other than tidy up the grille and lights because the simple and classless design needed little attention. In June 1970 the Range Rover was launched, using the Rover 3528cc V8 engine and a two-door body that had a split tailgate. Very quickly it was realised that the Range Rover was an entirely new kind of vehicle, and it didn't take long for it to be regarded as a prestige motor rather than a mud plugger; the 'Chelsea Tractor' was born. After sanctioning 2 different 4-door conversions, Rover launched its own Range Rover 4-door in 1981 and 2-door models quickly faded away after that. In 1986 the vertically slotted grille gave way to a more pdestrian-friendly hirizontal bar plastic grille as part of a refresh. In 1989 a new dashboard and 3.9litre version of the V8 engine was given to the Range Rover. The 100inch wheelbase had been adequate for all factory Range Rovers until 1992 when the LWB (108inch) Range Rover was offered against the various after market lengthened versions. When the Range Rover was replaced in 1994 by the P38a model, the 'original' Range Rover continued in production as the 'Range Rover Classic'.
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Range Rover 1972. Designer David Bache gave the Range Rover this original grille, although it did give a reference to that of the original Jeep.
Range Rover 1972 front
Range Rover 1972. The launch Range Rover was 'classless', its design simple and unlike anything else.
Range Rover 1972 side
Range Rover 1972. Rostyle steel wheels were worn by the launch Range Rover at a time when alloy wheels were still uncommon. All Range Rovers at this time were 2-doors.
Range Rover 1984 Ambulance front
Range Rover Ambulance. This conversion dates from 1984
Range Rover 1986 Carmichael Commando
Range Rover Carmichael Commando. Carmichael provided 6x4 conversions on Range Rovers from the start, both as limousines and as work vehicles such as fire tenders. This is a 1986 4-door Commando.
Range Rover Carmichael Tender front
Range Rover Carmichael Tender. This 1988 Range Rover was converted by Carmichael and supplied to the Falkland Islands.
Range Rover Carmichael Tender rear
Range Rover Carmichael Tender. Carmichael 6-wheelers were usually a 6x4 format, that is the extra axle was not driven but served to spread the weight.
Range Rover TACR2a front
Range Rover TACR2a. These TACR2a (Truck - Airfield Crash Rescue Mk2a) replaced earlier Land-Rover based vehicles. They were a conversion made by Gloster Saro in conjunction with Carmichael. Most TACR2a were supplied to military airfields.
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Range Rover Ambulance. Built on a Range Rover chassis extended by 10inch, this conversion is by Wadham Stringer (Hampshire) who built an experimental Ambulance as early as 1971.
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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