If you are a fan of the Land Rover Defender, you are probably aware of the massive increase in value of the used models due to the fact that it is not longer in production. The classic Range Rover and Defender models are starting to get much more appreciation from automotive enthusiasts.
The evidence comes in the form of an increase in restoration projects for Land Rover as well as independent body and mechanic shops. Land Rover recently unveiled one of their restored classics that had been sitting in an abandoned field near their production facility for years. Many owners have been sending old classics to sort out faults and make improvements to increase the value of their Range Rover vehicles.
An example of this comes from another pet project for Land Rover that involves the restoration of a 1994 Range Rover. They literally replaced or refinished every single part to make it nearly identical to when it came off the production line decades ago.
A whopping 7,400 parts had to be disassembled before the vehicle could even begin restoration.
The only change from the original production model was a significant engine upgrade to a 5.0 liter V8 engine that reduces the 0 to 60 mph by almost half and doubles the amount of horsepower. The engine replacement was based on what is currently in the Land Rover vehicles, allowing the vehicle to preserve its traditional styling but with enhanced speed.
It wouldn’t make sense to install a standard crate engine in the old Range Rover just for it to be more affordable as the brand is known for setting the highest standards.
The popularity of used SUVs has been booming since 2015 and previously unloved classics are starting to get the attention they deserve. Believe it or not, some of the rare classics and used vehicles are selling for the price of a brand new Land Rover simply due to the huge uptake in value.
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