You can now throttle around the capital in a 4.6-litre fuel injected 270 bhp V8 Reborn Range Rover Classic that’s ULEZ compliant without shelling out £12.50 a day because it’s more than 40 years old…
That said, it will cost you at least £125,000 plus tech luxuries such as optional Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting and Forged Aluminium wheels to do so.
Oxfordshire-based Kingsley Cars are Range Rover specialists and have just announced their ULEZ Reborn Range Rover series which combines the nostalgia vibes of a Range Rover Classic packing a 4.0, or an optional 4.6-litre V8 and modern ZF automatic gearbox, with a completely re-engineered ULEZ compliant model. The mud-plugging legends can be ordered in two or four-door variants and have been completely re-engineered with ‘London city living’ and long-distance driving in mind.
The process begins with a pre-1981 (historical status vehicle) Range Rover Classic being stripped down to its bare shell then engineered and treated against any future corrosion. It is repaired when needed, seamlessly welded, protected with seam sealer and a rubberised coating, and then finished with high-quality paints, with a three-year guarantee against corrosion.
Upgrades can be added to make the 25mpg journey feel less stressful and include a suspension kit with uprated anti-roll bars, Kingsley Big Brake Kit, and forged aluminium wheels that are available to assist with unsprung mass and strengthened rigidity over potholes.
Damon Oorloff, Founder of Kingsley Cars said:
“Having been around classic Range Rovers for most of my life and after building a business around these vehicles, it was crucial for the company to come up with a way to not only continue to restore classic Range Rovers and Land Rovers but to enhance them for modern use. And so, our classic Range Rover Reborn series was created. Designed for fans and enthusiasts of the classic model, it ensures that when driving in London, road users will not be hit by the ULEZ charge following its expansion to both the North and South Circular roads.
“It’s so important for businesses like ours [Kingsley Cars] to keep classic cars on the roads, they are real head turners on the commute. As a team, we want to establish our vehicles as the alternative to modern Range Rovers and SUVs, by offering our customers modern technology that fits seamlessly into their everyday lives and enhances the usability of our cars, while retaining the vintage look and charm that comes with owning a classic.”
The interior is pretty nifty too with interior seats being heated as standard plus the rear seating area comes equipped with two head restraints and three comfy armrests while you sip a well-earned G&T.
Available to be trimmed in a range of tweed fabrics and leathers with colour-matched seatbelts alongside the standard, black-coloured variants. The glazing is electric as are the adjustable mirrors and, more importantly, sound deadening has also been added to the shell including the doors and panels so you can bin those ear defenders.
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