1993 Land Rover, Range Rover Classic
1993 Land Rover, Range Rover Classic
Status: Sold to Chris L. of Olympia, WA
Manufactured: Great Britain
Imported: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Engine: 3.9L Gas V8
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
182 horsepower. That’s it. The 1993 Range Rover Classic, boasting a mighty 3.9-liter V8 made 182 horsepower. For comparison, the 2018 Honda Accord, with a turbo bolted on it’s four-cylinder engine, cranks out 252 hp. And the 2018 Range Rover? The wimpiest V8 offered only cranks out 518 hp. Supercharged? You bet. But it’s still a 184% increase over its older brother. Why then, you might ask, is the 3.9L Rover V8 worth writing about? Consider this: The 1993 Range Rover Classic, wearing the 200Tdi turbo diesel, made a jaw-dropping 111hp. If you’ve followed our journey so far, you’ll know I’m absolutely in love with turbo diesel Range Rover Classics. I am a firm believer that the blend of capability and prowess the Range Rover Classic exudes is perfectly matched by a smooth revving turbo diesel. The surge of power is absolutely appropriate for a luxury vehicle with roots in the late 1970’s. So, drive a diesel for a long while and hop in the V8. The result?
“$#%& almighty. What just happened?”
The tachometer needle was flying. The speedometer was showing KPH figures I haven’t seen from a Range Rover Classic in a long time. We have a 4.2L LWB Range Rover Classic in the back of the shop waiting a 300Tdi transplant. “Maybe that’s not such a great idea,” I thought for a moment, throwing into question many months of planning.
As a result, this truck has been driven quite a bit over the past week or so since it arrived from Portugal. On the highway, hitting 79 (AHH HEM…. No, Officer. I never went over 80. Not in Virginia. That’s for damn sure) is a walk in the park. On the highway it’s spritely, inspiring the pilot to have the cahones… er… confidence to pass in that left lane, should the mood so strike. And for those who start to think twice about going off-road, the V8 certainly holds its own.
What’s the trade-off? The V8 is thirstier; the wallet might feel it a bit more. And that, frankly, is the challenge finding V8 Range Rover Classics in Europe: When fuel hits $6.00 or $7.00 a gallon, it gets really tough to keep a V8 on the road. This truck hails from outside Porto, Portugal. As of writing, the average cost of a gallon of gas in Portugal is $6.88. Right now, in Virginia it’s about $2.30. Woof.
Sporting a beautiful coat of Portofino Red paint over a tan fabric interior, this Range Rover Classic is an awesome example of the two-door we never saw in the United States. The layout feels totally appropriate for someone like me; rarely am I traveling with a gaggle of people. 90% of my driving is absolutely solo. The two-door layout feels right, has the right length, and (one man’s opinion) just looks perfect. And some things never change: The Range Rover SV Coupe looks absolutely stunning.
Dear Land Rover,
I’ll trade you one of my 2-door Classics for one of your 2-door SV Coupes. Straight up. Drop me a note.
Driveline. 3.9L Rover V8 mated to 5-speed transmission with manual high/low transfer case. Truck starts without issue and drives beautifully though the rev range and through all five gears. Truck cruises easily between 70 and 80 mph, with plenty of power left on tap to surge more if needed. Clutch feels excellent. Suspension is comfortable and brakes grab nicely. Vehicle has covered 136,218 miles from new.
Exterior. Trocadero red paint is the original color but a recent respray. Paint quality is excellent; truck has light wear evident with age, but otherwise shows beautifully. Exterior trim is intact and original. Rostyle steel wheels, along with simple European-spec bumpers, create an iconic look for a classic SUV. Vehicle is rust-free, with a clean chassis. Glass is in excellent shape; and all lights and signals function as they should.
Interior. Tan fabric interior is original and presents nicely without stains or tears. Interior is original save for an aftermarket Grundig stereo. Vehicle is equipped with Air Conditioning, which blows cold (so does the heat). Rear cargo cover conveys and is intact; gauges, lights, and wiper fluid all work as they should. Vehicle has been recorded causing really dumb grins on drivers. We’re not responsible for that. But you’re welcome anyway.
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