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This 1992 Range Rover Classic Vogue is an iconic four-door sport utility model, described as being an “exceptional, reliable driver” by the vendor. Its 3.9-litre EFi V8 petrol engine starts and runs well, driven through the rare LT77 five-speed manual transmission. Showing 132,680 miles from new, it is registered and ready to be used on the road.

Originally built and delivered in February 1992, this right-hand drive example was supplied new to Land Rover UK Ltd as a company vehicle. It was registered as ‘J67 SKV’ - the plate it still wears today, with the original 'Land Rover' factory logo in the corner. It is believed that the car may have been used as a pre-production demonstrator by Land Rover - not least because of its superb Sonoran Brown paint colour, which would not appear as an official option until much later in 1992. It is also an early non-EAS (Electronic Air Suspension) example.

The Range Rover was sold to its first private keeper via Hunt Grange Land Rover of Tunbridge Wells in 1994, and the original invoice for this sale remains in the history file. Each of its six owners have retained a remarkable amount of paperwork to document the car's provenance. Virtually every receipt pertaining to maintenance over the years has been kept, and it even includes the original sales invoice. The current owner has enjoyed around 1,000 miles behind the wheel.

Its Sonoran Brown paintwork is largely original and is still in great shape for its age, with minor corrections taken care of very recently. The car has had a full two-stage detail by Limitless Detailing to ensure that it looks its best. All of the door jambs and bonnet and boot shuts are in very good order, as are the window glasses and rubber seals.

The car was originally fitted with leather upholstery, but it is understood that this was removed prior to the sale to its first private owner. It is believed that this may have been used to trial a future factory option - another aspect that may tie in with the story of its early life with the Land Rover company. When the car was sold in 1994, it was trimmed in the brown velour ‘teddy bear’ upholstery that it still wears today.

Having never been renewed in 25 years, the velour does have wear and a few small stains. There are also some minor marks on the carpets and headliner, some piling on the boot sides, and wear on the wood veneers, but overall the interior is in great condition.

This is one of the last ‘hard dash’ models, and benefits from power steering, electric windows and air-conditioning. It is also fitted with a period immobiliser and Kenlow cooling fan, which was installed in the late 1990s (letters between the first owner and a sales manager at Kenlow confirming the installation are on file).

In May 2019, the car was sent to Land Rover specialist RR London in Battersea, where it was given a full check-up and left with a clean bill of health. Its early maintenance history is documented by the original stamped service booklet that remains with the car.

The alloy wheels appear to be in excellent condition, having recently been refurbished, and all four Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tyres have plenty of tread remaining. The car was MOT’d just days ago, with one advisory of a slight oil leak noted. Mechanically, the car is in very good condition, and there is no evidence of rust on the bodywork. The Range Rover has also recently had a full service by leading Range Rover Classic specialist Kingsley Cars, ensuring that it is ready for its next owner.

The car is being sold with an official Heritage Certificate from BMIHT (British Motor Industry Heritage Trust), which confirms its original factory specification, as well as a period Land Rover sales brochure, a bespoke fitted car cover, and a comprehensive history file. The latter includes a raft of old MOT certificates and scores of receipts going back to the 1990s.

This 1992 Range Rover Vogue 3.9 EFi is a stylish and timeless 4x4, not to mention a bonafide automotive design icon. With a superb specification, in highly original condition, and accompanied by an enviable history file documenting its outstanding provenance, this car is surely the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of Range Rover production in 2020.

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