Range Rover Classic In Vogue 2 Door

Originally an 'In Vogue' from 1981 this was heavily modified when purchased so has unfortunately lost its originality. Its a great classic in good hands!

Stats

1980's (1981)

50,000 - 99,999 (54585)

WAR 76W

Specs

RHD (Right Hand Drive)

Petrol

3.5L - 3.9L (3.5L)

Naturally Aspirated

Manual

4 x 4

2

5

SUV

Blue

This Range Rover came to me back in 2001, and was a somewhat spontaneous purchase. It was sat in a field in mid Wales and was in desperate need of some love and attention. The limited paperwork that was present, suggested that it had not been on the road since 1993. I had not long finished a rebuild on a SWB Series 3 so this would help to keep me busy in the garage. 

I saw this and had to have it, it also ticked so many boxes for me with its coil suspension, disc brakes and V8 engine. Later on that day a deal was struck with the owner over the phone; when we went to collect it, there was a passing comment from the owner that this was possibly a 'Prototype Vogue'. I did not really take too much notice at the time, however, after having read through many magazines, books and online articles over the years I started to piece the clues together. The 1981 'In Vogue' was a limited edition production run and was Land Rover's way of testing the water with more luxurious and up market versions of its flagship model. They went on to do similar special editions in 1982 and 1983 with four door models, before launching the 'Vogue' specification as a standard production option to customers in 1984.

Unfortunately the car had been extensively altered by one of its former keepers and the original special edition 'Vogue Blue' paint had been lost through a respray - clearly the owner at the time wanted a darker blue finish. Also, the interior is not in the 'Palomino' colour that these models were originally supplied. I need to contact the British motor museum heritage trust and pay for a heritage certificate so that I can hopefully get more detail on this car. 

The interesting clues here include:

  • Stainless steel lower tailgate capping
  • Walnut upper door trims
  • Air conditioning system (all parts carefully stored awaiting refurbishment)
  • A few areas of the car where the original 'Vogue Blue' paint is showing

The engine bay as it stands now, it has a fully reconditioned 3.5 V8 engine with Magnecor Plug Leads and a Weber 4 barrel 500cfm carburettor bolted on top of an Edelbrock performance inlet manifold. I am hoping that the heritage certificate (once obtained) will hopefully verify that this is the original engine.

 

This image shows the body structure underneath the lower tailgate where the original 'Vogue Blue' paint is exposed behind the black paint and wax-oil.

These two pictures here show the front a posts where the perished old windscreen rubber has shrunk to expose the original paint. Fortunately, I believe these rubbers are relatively easy to obtain brand new.

 

Stainless steel lower tailgate capping in very good condition:

Rear seat walnut upper door trims - I foolishly binned the fronts as they were in a really bad state, recent episodes of 'Car SOS' where they have had walnut refurbished has made me feel sick! Fortunately these can be used as a pattern for getting some replacement front door trims produced at some point - although I dread to think what the cost of this will be.

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