Planning on commissioning an over-restored restomod Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco, or FJ40 soft-top? How artistic. Take our phrase for it (with the Jeep Wrangler’s production lines at full capability and the new Bronco approaching at terminal velocity), your six-figure candy-painted agrarian field will not stand out from the square-sided 4×4 drop-top crowd, to not point out the 1000’s of LS-swapped seaside blitzers already crawling over sandy locales resembling Malibu and Miami like ants on a spilled puddle of mango-flavored White Claw.
Assume exterior the field, please. For optimum drop-top four-wheel-drive enjoyable, we advise dusting off the bidding paddles for the 1971 Vary Rover “Suffix A” Convertible crossing the block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona sale later this month. We will already hear eager marque lovers drafting letters on the again of one among their weekly grease-stained service receipts. This is not a manufacturing facility soft-top Vary however is as a substitute an in-period conversion executed by Specialty Car Conversions (SVC) of the charmingly named Uckfield, United Kingdom.
When you’re on the hunt for a real-deal soft-top variant of the unique Vary Rover Traditional, now we have to be the bearer of dangerous information—they do not exist. Not like the O.G. Land Rover and the aforementioned Defender, the techs down on the previous Solihull manufacturing facility left the Sawzalls on the workbench all through the unique Vary Rover’s 27-year manufacturing run. So, should you see a good-looking soft-sided Vary of this classic chugging alongside the Pacific Coast Freeway or the tight byways of Cape Cod, it is an aftermarket conversion, identical to this one.
When this Lincoln Inexperienced Vary was scalped is not clear, however SVC chop-jobs are well-known for his or her high quality and desirability amongst Vary Rover lovers. What the £5,000 (unadjusted for inflation) conversion purchased was the SUV’s eliminated rear sheet metallic, interior-matching “Everflex” tan roof, vinyl portholes, B-pillar crossbeam, and inflexible detachable panel above the entrance seats for security and noise discount.
All the things else is identical basic Vary Rover that continues to seize hearts (and wallets) the world over. Whereas we’re not so delusional as to say that driving this period-correct luxurious 4×4 is a clean, cosseting expertise on-par with fashionable Rovers, this leather-lined boat must be considerably simpler to putt-around city in than a restomod with outsized wheels, a hyper-short wheelbase, and too-powerful engine. Er, emphasis on that final bit. Essentially the most the Rover 3.5-liter V-Eight might muster was 135 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, so get your ankle warmed-up for extreme clutch-pressing obligation.
If all this feels like the right fair-or-foul climate aire libre 4×4 companion, head over to RM Sotheby’s to register as a bidder earlier than the public sale begins later this week.