Restore one to original from that point, and then keep it in vaguely decent nick and, well, it might still drive like an old car. And that’s where Kingsley’s specialists come in. Although Kingsley does do straight restorations, repairs and sales, it is its modified restorations that are most special.
Inside the Jaguar Land Rover Classic division
The white car you see here is a 1992 CSK-specification two-door Range Rover, with a petrol V8 stroked out to 4.8 litres and making in the region of 300bhp and 300lb ft of torque. Its body is in fine shape; Kingsley repairs or replaces and paints or zinc-coats bits to get them into good shape and, crucially, slow the ageing process down again; separating aluminium from steel with gaskets, washers and spacers is one of Kingsley’s rebuild tricks.
So is uprating the suspension and interior, if you like. A traditional restoration might cost you £30k-£40k, in which you get an original-feeling Range Rover.
This is a £95k car, but with more power, faster steering and a steel-sprung, fast-road suspension kit, it feels a class apart from a standard restored car. And yet it still retains those lovely old-car features; there’s a big glass area, it’s narrow, rides well, is easy to place and it looks a million dollars. So if you don’t fancy the official factory route, or the 10 Range Rover are restoring have sold, there’s still a way into a classic Range Rover, and it’s one that’s every bit as usable and appealing as a modern one.