Charles Spencer 'Spen' King and Gordon Bashford are revered as the innovators of the concept of a British four wheel drive vehicle with previously unoffered levels driver and passenger comfort, extremely high standards of adaptability on and off-road, and enough power to satisfy in every situation. The prototype vehicles known as 'VELAR's were being tested in the late 1960s, and the Range Rover was launched with great acclaim in June 1970. Such was the impact of this new model that one was actually exhibited at the world famous Louvre in central Paris.
The design incorporated a strong ladder-frame chassis, independent coil-sprung axles and disc brakes all road. The Buick-derived aluminium 3.5 litre V8 engine was mated to a strong 4 speed LT95 gearbox. The steel body frame was clad in mostly aluminium panels, and the interior was carefully designed to allow for hosing down after a working day. Originally only available in 2 door guise, demand for a 4 door encouraged specialist Swiss convertors Montiverdi to produce a 4 door model in 1980, one year before Land Rover launched their own 4 door option.
The 'Classic' Range Rover (as it became known towards the very end of its production life, which lasted 25 years) set new industry standards, which other overseas manufacturers tried to emulate, and consumer demand for higher and more refined creature comforts drove the specifications more and more into the luxury vehicle market, and the price reflected this.
Famous Four are at the leading edge of sourcing, re-manufacturing, and supplying parts for the Classic Range Rover vehicles, as well as undertaking high quality vehicle restorations, working hard to keep these iconic vehicles roadworthy and in fine fettle the world over.