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Classic 1971 Range Rover SUV Is Made Even Better By Way Of Less Roof

Planning on commissioning an over-restored restomod Land Rover Defender , Ford Bronco, or FJ40 soft-top? How creative. Take our word for it (with the Jeep Wranglers production lines at full capacity and the new Bronco approaching at terminal velocity), your six-figure candy-painted agrarian box wont stand out from the square-sided 44 drop-top crowd, not to mention the thousands of LS-swapped beach blitzers already crawling over sandy locales such as Malibu and Miami like ants on a spilled puddle of mango-flavored White Claw. --> Think outside the box, please. For optimal drop-top four-wheel-drive fun, we suggest dusting off the bidding paddles for the 1971 Range Rover Suffix A Convertible crossing the block at RM Sothebys upcoming Arizona sale later this month. We can already hear keen marque enthusiasts drafting letters on the back of one of their weekly grease-stained service receipts. This isnt a factory soft-top Range but is instead an in-period conversion done by Specialty Vehicle Conversions (SVC) of the charmingly named Uckfield, United Kingdom. If youre on the hunt for a real-deal soft-top variant of the original Range Rover Classic, we have to be the bearer of bad newsthey dont exist. Unlike the O.G. Land Rover and the aforementioned Defender, the techs down at the old Solihull production facility left the Sawzalls on the workbench throughout the original Range Rovers 27-year production run. So, if you see a handsome soft-sided Range of this vintage chugging along the Pacific Coast Highway or the tight byways of Cape Cod, its an aftermarket conversion, just like this one. When this Lincoln Green Range was scalped isnt clear, but SVC chop-jobs are well-known for their quality and desirability among Range Rover enthusiasts. What the 5,000 (unadjusted for inflation) conversion bought was the SUV's removed rear sheet metal, interior-matching Everflex tan roof, vinyl portholes, B-pillar crossbeam, and rigid removable panel above the front seats for safety and noise reduction. Everything else is the same classic Range Rover that continues to capture hearts (and wallets) the world over. While were not so delusional as to say that driving this period-correct luxury 44 is a smooth, cosseting experience on-par with modern Rovers, this leather-lined boat should be significantly easier to putt-around town in than a restomod with oversized wheels, a hyper-short wheelbase, and too-powerful engine. Er, emphasis on that last bit. The most the Rover 3.5-liter V-8 could muster was 135 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, so get your ankle warmed-up for excessive clutch-pressing duty. If all this sounds like the perfect fair-or-foul weather aire libre 44 companion, head over to RM Sothebys to register as a bidder before the auction starts later this week. The post Classic 1971 Range Rover SUV Is Made Even Better By Way Of Less Roof appeared first on MotorTrend .

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