If you want a really capable off-roader, you probably need to take a look at the used market. Sure, there are new models out there that certainly perform more than adequately off the road, but no one is really going to take a brand new six-figure luxury SUV to the trails. And if you really want something that’s proven to work, the original Range Rover is probably the answer.
The gallery vehicle below is a bit more special, however. This is one of six prototypes that Land Rover has built as experimental prototypes designed and commissioned by the manufacturer’s Special Projects division. They were all built on a 10 inch longer wheelbase, with the original plan being to make them more suitable for use as an ambulance. The six units were assembled by a company called Spencer Abbot in Birmingham.
This particular example is even rarer. This is one of two units designed as a tiered ambulance and is in fact the only right-hand drive example in existence. It was retained by Land Rover Special Projects as a demonstration vehicle for a few years. To some extent, this body style was the predecessor of the Land Rover Discovery with its high roof at the rear.
In 1973, the SUV was sold for use as an ambulance and it remained in service for the next 44 years. Then in 2017 it was sold to a new owner and about a year later it underwent a full restoration and conversion to a shooting brake. Since the completion of the restoration, the vehicle has remained in a garage and, according to a new announcement, its condition is “near excellent”.
Given its rarity and history, this Range Rover shooting brake is expected to fetch between £ 80,000 and £ 120,000 (around $ 111,000 to $ 166,500) at an auction at Goodwood on September 18.