Being the odd one out in the Range Rover set


Author: Martin BuckleyPublished:

First of all, thanks to Chris Martin of New South Wales for sending me the Range Rover plaque that now proudly stands among my Fiat 130 trinkets. Chris, you don’t know how much I appreciate it! 

As you'll read in the next column in the magazine, I did get myself a Range Rover, but not the one at Brightwells, which I now realise belonged (or belongs) to a writer on a magazine I dare not utter the name of.

Such is my enthusiasm for the Range Rover that I went to the Newbury 4x4 show with 'my girlfriend' who is called Mia (I tend not to name her so as not to raise the hackles of my former spouse, but I suspect she’s got better things to do than read my waffle). 

Anyway, the show was a new experience for me. Refreshing in that parts were cheap and people were friendly, pretty much like the characters you find at other classic car events, but slightly more hairy and with a mild Deliverance vibe going on. 

Having said that, it was me that felt a bit clueless, a silly, trendy knob with my obsession for pure original two-door Range Rovers.

For once, I was the person with the metaphorical 'pony tail', but I was willing to listen and learn.

The message I was getting was that bits for the two doors are pretty rare now and everything I particularly needed – poncy plastic interior bits, 'RANGE ROVER' lettering etc – was "rocking horse s**t". 

With a bit more digging, however, we did find people who understood what I was trying to do, including a guy from Stoke who buys up two door parts from warm European climes. 

I managed to buy a rear tail-gate, the rare early spare wheel cover and tool ‘curtain’. 

I bought an excellent bonnet for £5, but it turned out to be the wrong one for my car which has exposed hinges. This almost started a punch-up between two stall-holders over whether it would fit my car. 

Anyway, after an unpromising start, I came away very satisfied with my parts haul. 

The perfect end to a near-perfect day was a terrible old Norman Wisdom film (A Stitch in time) on the TV followed by a brilliant documentary on the Group B rally cars. 



I can understand the attraction of these cars - up to a point, but i do not understand who is paying £10,000 - £20,000 for them. What are they going to do with a mint early Range Rover? Not get them muddy, and not drone up motor ways with - i think - just four gears and very little sound proofing.


[quote]Having said that, it was me that felt a bit clueless, a silly, trendy knob with my obsession for pure original two-door Range Rovers.[quote]

It is sad that a desire to keep good cars original is often seen as at least obsessional, if not down right weird. We all want to buy 'unmolested' cars but then spend all our time changing them. It doesn't make sense.

I'm delighted someone is keeping a 2-door Range Rover original so that younger eyes will see how desirable the first cars were.

Chris Martin

First up Martin, I am just glad that piece of BL plastic 'tat' has found it's rightful home. I have no idea how a pile of them made their way over to Australia, or even what they were used for, but such souvenirs should be proudly displayed where the cause is at least being preserved. The rest will go on eBay and we can at least see who is sad enough to collect RoverSD1 or Triumph Dolomite and Stag trivia. As for rare parts for first generation 2-door Rangeys I seem to remember they were rare and in demand a long time before I left the old country. Particularly rusted out tailgates. Maybe I should start collecting parts around here where they are still relatively available in rust-free condition and ship a container over there? What d'ya reckon Martin? Are we in business? Chris M.


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