|1986 1/2 Land Rover Classic Range Rover|
This particular sample was purchased from a friend of mine recently. It unfortunately needs frame work as well as a lot of body work. Trouble is, it's not just any Range Rover. This was one of first fifty ever legally imported into the United States as opposed to the usual grey market samples you find prior to 1987.
For a little while I was trying to sell it as a classic project. No luck. Then I looked to sell it off for parts. No luck there either. Come to it, I'm not sure I really put much effort or enthusiasm into getting rid of it. I like it. I've only driven it once (before it went to pot), but it was enjoyable to drive. On top of that, I have a very good friend who knows Rovers rather well, and has already sorted out a way to put a manual transmission into it.
Manual transmission, AWD and a Range Rover? Why would I want to get rid of it? I mean, other than the fact that it's going to take thousands of dollars to restore. The Range Rover might have become a yuppie SUV (some might say the yuppie SUV), but it was a Range Rover that won the very first Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979. It has quite a lineage behind it; and with this one needing so much restoration, it has much potential before it as well.
I can't find a single new vehicle that I like. But really, why is it SO easy to find great old vehicles?