Rover launched the original two-door Range Rover in 1970 and continued with that single body style through model year 1981, when the company added a factory-produced four-door to its lineup. While Land Rover continued producing the first generation through 1996, Range Rovers were not officially available in the U.S. for a thirteen-year period between 1974 and 1987. By the time Land Rover North America re-launched its Range Rover in the U.S., the company moved the vehicle definitively more up-market when compared to earlier models. Within three years of the U.S. re-launch, Land Rover built a nice niche among American buyers looking for a more luxurious, off-road capable alternative to Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer.
By 1991 Range Rover hoped to capitalize on their early success by expanding their presence in America. However, with Defender and Discovery models not yet available in the U.S. (both were still two years away from U.S. certification) and the Range Rover base price exceeding $40,000, Range Rover launched the $36,500 “Hunter” edition as a way to entice “value-minded” buyers to the brand. Priced between $6,500 and $10,800 less than the Standard SE and County models that year, the Hunter Edition looked back at its early roots and placed more accent more on utility than luxury. Consequently, manually adjustable fabric seats replaced electrically operated ones covered in supple leather found in the other models as well as the deletion of the dashboard’s burl walnut inlays. Unfortunately, the cost cutting also deleted anti-lock brakes and anti-sway bars which were badly needed on such a high center of gravity, 4303 pound vehicle. Consequently, Land Rover ended up selling only 405 Hunter models in 1991.
The Eastnor Green over Brogue Brown Cloth example presented here traveled 150K miles to date and the seller states this was a California car all of its life prior to his ownership. The dry California climate combined with the Landy’s all aluminum body confirms why this truck’s exterior presents nicely. More surprisingly, the light interior and carpets also appear in excellent condition. Since the seller does not indicate whether any interior components have been replaced, for now we assume they are well cared for originals.
The seller reports this example to be “show quality in every way” however a thorough interview and inspection of past documents will be needed in order to confirm whether the mechanical condition also meets that bar.
The only modifications described by the seller include a “fuel injection chip”, Bilstein shocks and stabilizer, five brand new Goodyear Duratrack 215/85/16 off-road tires mounted on black powder-coated factory rims, and a two-inch Old Man Emu lift kit. The seller indicates that a safari rack with a surfboard attachment and a set of factory rubber floor mats will be included as part of the sale.