SOLD 1986 Range Rover Classic 2 Door 2.4TD


Location: Yorkshire, England

Chassis: SALLHABE8DA297316

Engine: 2.4 VM Diesel

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual 

Mileage: 124,274 Miles

Colour: Cambrian Grey | Beige/Tan

Left Hand Drive




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History of the Range Rover

The late 1960’s saw the emergence of the recreational off-road market led Land Rover to come up with a radically new competitor to the Jeep Wagoneer and the Ford Bronco. Land Rover passed on this challenge to Charles Spencer King, under the project title of “The 100 inch Station Wagon”. It all started when Rover bought a Bronco and noticed the coiled suspension, this boosted the luxury element as gave improved performance and comfort. He also noted the powerful Buick V8. However, Mr. King gave the Range Rover several unique capabilities, improved carburettors that still fed fuel at extreme angles and the infamous started handle for emergencies. It was launched in 1970 as “a car for all reasons”. The Range Rover was also the first permanent 4x4 to do over 100mph whilst having a towing capacity of 3.5 metric tons, accommodation for five, hydraulic disc brakes to all wheels and the groundbreaking dual-range, permanent four-wheel drive gear box. A four door version was introduced in 1981, with the two door version phased out in 1994, it was then named the ‘Classic’ to differentiate from the all new P38a Range Rover.

The Car

This 1986 Range Rover 2 Door was delivered by Austin Rover Espana S.A to Madrid on the 15th June 1987 and first registered Tarragona on 25/06/1987. The last change of ownership took place on 13/10/2016 The Range Rovers benefits from the earlier double handed doors and 70s/80s style seats which are becoming increasingly hard to find and desirable. Thus the vehicle represents a great basis for a backdating project and or engine upgrade.



Overall, the bodywork is extremely original. There are several dents and I’m certain that each one has a story behind it. All can be clearly seen in the gallery. This is a lovely survivor vehicle that would benefit from a body refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory. The car is also complemented by a pair of French style yellow fog lights along with a EFI style front lower spoiler. 


The Range Rover carries the majority of its original paint, however there are sections such as the rear corner panels that have received paint work over its lifetime. 


The car has a full set of 5 ‘Rostyle’ wheels showing some signs of age. However, they look to be carrying their original satin finish. Minor marks are present. The vehicle is complete with matching tyres across the axles, with a spare in the boot. All in good usable condition. 


The front seats are in tired condition with several rips in both the bolsters and lower centre base section. However the rear bench is in very good and usable condition. The most sensitive approach to refurbish the seats would be to source some original fabric for the centre sections and replace the vinyl bolsters where required. There is so much that can be saved and it would be a shame to lose it all. 

The door cards present in tired condition and would benefit from replacement. There is also a selection of missing palomino plastic panels. The dashboard however presents in very fine condition along with the centre console which is unusually strong and rigid, compared with other examples we've seen. A small but important part given the rarity of centre consoles. 

Steering wheel

The car features the original Range Rover Land Rover two spoke steering wheel, which has sun damage to the top section. I would be personally inclined to exchange this for an earlier style 4 spoke wheel. 



The engine runs really well for a 2.4 VM and has plenty of power. The alternator has been updated for a stronger 2.5 VM version. Alongside this the coolant tank has been updated for a later Plastics style one, presumably to aid cooling. We have carried out the following basic work in order to get the vehicle into a running and driving project state:

  • Replace A Frame ball joints

  • Replace front prop shaft 

  • Replace rear transfer box output seal

  • Replace transfer box oil

  • Replace rear T box prop bolt & nuts

  • Adjust NS front wheel bearing

  • Electrical testing found a failed rear wiper control relay and this has been replaced

However, further revisions will be required to make it a usable daily classic.

Gear Box

The Range Rover has the 5-speed manual box with reverse and all the gears change freely without interference. There is no crunching from any synchromesh including reverse. 


The chassis is excellent. It's always refreshing to see one that hasn't been covered up with layers and layers of underseal. The vehicle spent its entire life on the Costa Daurada known for its mild and dry climate. The floors and footwells are also in good condition with the exception of the top floor outer edge of door sills, which needs a small amount of welding. This is extremely common as any water collected from the edge of the door sits on the section along with the water being collected by the carpet making the problem worse.


The car is accompanied with its original Austin Rover Spanish technical inspection logbook that documents the car’s technical specification. This is complete with every state technical inspection since its first test year in 1987. The car’s last technical inspection (ITV) in Spain was in 2016 and since then has remained unused. The vehicle also comes with an English translated Spanish Carfax report. 

Useful Links

Range Rover Classic Brochure

Range Rover Reborn

Other Thoughts

UK registration with a UK Log Book can be arranged at request, although the car currently has a Spanish export registration (Permiso de Circulación) ready for registration in buyers chosen country, either EU or other. 

The vehicle has an up-to-date ITV (MOT) stamp certificate (Permiso de Circulación), and comes complete with a Carfax certificate for proof of previous owners, mileage check and further history etc. We are happy to provide registration documentation and Carfax on request. 

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