1994 RANGE ROVER SE TOWNLEY STRETCH LIMOUSINE EX SULTAN OF BRUNEI FAMILY & 14K MILES Estimate £24000 - 28000 Registration Number L23 PWT Chassis Number SALLHBM33MA648288 Engine Number N0D09761B Engine Capacity 4275 Paint Colour BLACK Trim Colour RED MOT Expiry Date APRIL 2007
One of the few truly 'classless' cars of recent times, the Range Rover was the brainchild of famous Rover engineer Spen King. The idea was simple yet brilliant - to take the supreme off-road ability of the Land Rover and marry it to the comfort and refinement of the Rover saloons to create a truly multi-purpose vehicle. Yet few could have foreseen just how successful the Range Rover would be at marrying these opposing qualities. Launched in June 1970 with a practical yet stylish 3-door station wagon body and powered by the sinewy ex-Buick 3.5 litre V8 engine the Range Rover was an instant hit with both farmers and the Chelsea set alike. Throughout the 1970s demand far outstripped supply and during the 1980s further development saw the introduction of a 4-door model, automatic gearbox and a Turbo Diesel engine to ensure that the Range Rover always stayed one step ahead of pretenders such as the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and myriad Japanese off-roaders from Nissan, Toyota & Mitsubishi.
However, this particular black Range Rover is no ordinary 4x4. Originally ordered by the Sultan of Brunei for his younger brother Prince Jefri, the car was converted by Townley 4x4 (coachbuilders to The Queen) at a total cost of £139,000 and features 2 additional centre doors with strengthened chassis, raised roofline with laminated sunroof, darkened windows and one piece opening rear tailgate. Having a central full electric division the red Bridge of Weir leather interior has three rear seats (2 electrically operated) and includes such luxuries as full air conditioning, stereo/CD player and two remote control 8" television sets with video recorder. Fitted with 4.3 litre V8 engine and automatic gearbox the car has covered only 14,000 miles from new, a figure guaranteed correct by the vendor. Described as 'A1+' condition in all aspects by the vendor this particular car found fame when it was used to ferry Mike Tyson around Glasgow when he fought at Hampden Park in July 2000 (copy period news reports on file).
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