Range Rover Suffix A 1972

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Lot No: 11

At a Glance:

Year Make Model Mileage SOLD FOR
1972 Rover Range Rover Suffix A 205,621 (Not Warranted) £1300 + buyers premium


The original Range Rover was released in June 1970 and was an instant success, with demand far outstripping the 100 cars per week Rover could supply… with even the Queen wanting one! Early models are now known by their chassis suffix, with the earliest being the Suffix A (1970-72), and these models are now the most sought after and probably the rarest. This example was registered on 16th November 1972 and has had a few modifications over the years; it is now fitted with a Discovery 200 TDI engine and gearbox. Fortunately, the original 3.5 V8 engines are still relatively plentiful and thus returning it to original spec would be a possibility should you want to. Like this example, many of the early Range Rovers were converted to run on diesel as the running costs of the V8 were often unattractive to second hand buyers. Early examples also quite often suffered the indignity of the angle grinder and were ‘bob-tailed’ for trial events use and lost forever. In the last 5 years, early Range Rovers have become very sought after with prices soaring; even Jaguar Land Rover (Range Rover owners) are buying tatty early 2 door examples, restoring them and selling them on… at a starting price of £135,000! And you certainly wouldn’t get a Suffix A for that starting price. This Range Rover runs and drives well in the owner’s opinion and the bodywork is surprisingly straight, the replacement panels all came from the same donor vehicle (the white panels) with the plan to re-spray the car its original grey colour in the future.
EMR786L was on the road until November 2016 when the MOT ran out. The vehicle is of course tax exempt. The owner didn’t attempt to renew the MOT the car and has now decided that it was time to move it on. Over the years, bits and pieces have been swapped from later models, the tailgate (that always rot out) has been replaced with a later one, as has the bonnet and grille. All early Range Rover parts are interchangeable as very little changed in the first 15 or so years of production. The boot of EMR786L is full of parts; carpets, door seals, grille and various other bits and pieces. The Range Rover sits on four nearly new Bridgestone tyres
This Suffix A could either be used ‘as is’ or restored back into original condition. Whatever the new owner decides he or she will still have a piece of automotive history; the only vehicle ever to have been displayed in Musee du Louvre in Paris as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’. With prices continuing to rise, this vehicle represents a fantastic opportunity for pleasure and for investment.
EMR786L is being sold with many spares, great potential and WITHOUT RESERVE!

Full Details:

Lot No. 11
Auction 28th April 2017 - 91% SOLD
Vehicle Make Rover
Vehicle Model Range Rover Suffix A
Year of Manufacture 1972
Mileage 205,621 (Not Warranted)
Registration EMR768L
Date first Registered 16-11-1972
MOT None
Chassis Number 35505180A
Engine Number 12L23547A
Estimated Sale Price No Reserve

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