What we have here is a rare example of an open-top Range Rover that was built back in 1973 in a right-hand drive layout. It has been driven for a relatively low 100,584 km and was the subject of a comprehensive restoration process to bring it back to its original Special Vehicle Conversions specification, so as you can see it appears to be in pristine condition.
It can be considered as the ancestor of the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Cabrio and it actually has a very interesting story as the previous owner got the car while playing a card game back in the 1990s. Since he didn’t have enough room in his garage to store the convertible off-roader, he decided to put it into a lock-up where it remained in great condition. Someone found out this story and managed to track down the car and buy it.
After making the purchase, he decided to fully restore this example over the course of eight months and he spent no less than £20,000 to get the job done which involved the 3.5-liter V8 engine to be recommissioned.
Those who are interested in getting the vehicle should know that it will be auctioned on November 14-15 in United Kingdom at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham. According to the organizers of the auction, the 1973 Range Rover “Suffix B” Convertible is estimated to grab at least £35,000 or up to £40,000 in a best case scenario.
Interestingly, just a few days later Land Rover will stage the world premiere of the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio in United States at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will then go on sale early 2016 and the British marque has announced production will be limited, but they don’t say exactly how many units will exit the assembly line.