Find Luxury In Simplicity
Found: 5 Vintage Substitutes for the New Range Rover Velar
The new Range Rover Velar goes on sale later this year, and it promises to be a fairly simple and user-friendly SUV with host of modern electronics and a straightforward user interface. That’s great. But if you really want a simple and user-friendly SUV — go old-school. How’s an extra pedal and a gear lever for a straightforward user interface? That’s even greater.
1995 Land Rover Range Rover County LWB
What we like: You can’t go wrong with a black and tan color scheme. One key detail with this particular Range Rover: the seller converted the troublesome stock air-suspension to a more dependable spring setup.
From the seller: You are looking at an extremely nice and very clean Range Rover that looks garaged, regularly serviced, and taken good care of.
Location: Levittown, Pennsylvania
1971 Land Rover Defender Diesel
What we like: This Defender might be the antithesis of the new Velar, in terms of luxury, but then again, some might say simplicity is a luxury lost on modern cars. How do you not fall in love with this thing at first sight?
From the seller: Series IIA, with original diesel engine. 4×4. Left-hand drive. Engine and transmission in perfect shape. Not a show car but a great car to use and go to the trails. Has
Location: Miami, Florida
The Gear Patrol Special Edition 1980 FJ40
What we like: Well, we helped design it, so… Everything?
From the seller: Look under the hood of the FJ40 and you’ll find a fully restored Toyota 2F engine – one of the most reliable and durable classic engines out there. During the restoration process, this engine receives The FJ Company treatment: a new carburetor, wiring, starter motor — the works. And, if you desire more highway performance a 5-speed transmission upgrade is available.
Mileage: 0 (Restored)
Location: FJ Company HQ, Miami, Florida
1990 Land Rover Defender 90 200TDi
What we like: The Defender lacks the luxurious appointments of the new Velar, but it makes up for that in old-school off-road prowess.
From the seller: The underbody and engine were partially stripped down, and the finish was brought back with compounding. The medium green paintwork is known as Bronze Ascot Green and is accompanied by a white top and black offset Challenge wheels.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
1989 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62
What we like: Apart from a few minor blemishes, this FJ is in really good condition for the mileage shown (165,000 miles). A Land Cruiser of this vintage is barely in the second half of its life — move quickly.
From the seller: The 4.0 liter 3F-E inline-six is mated to an A440f 4-speed automatic transmission, and records indicate regular maintenance was performed by the seller including a new A/C compressor, R134 conversion, new fuel rail, O2 sensors, gaskets, and valve adjustment.
Location: Bishop, Georgia
This pickup-style model was sourced in Switzerland, where its watchmaker owner restored it to its original glory, including a rebuild of the 3.5-liter V8 and four-speed manual gearbox. Read the Story