Although the Land Rover Defender was the definitive off-road vehicle, the Range Rover, which they introduced in 1970, improved the concept far beyond what anybody could have guessed. Most car historians agree that the Range Rover started the modern SUV class with a unique blend of off-road capabilities, elegant designs and luxury appointments. After this model, most car manufacturers decided to sell comfortable off-road vehicles.
And, that is how the SUV craze swept through the industry. The Range Rover was the answer for customers who needed a capable car, but not a Spartan off-roader like the Defender. The company didn’t expect much in 1970, but soon, the sales were so encouraging, Range Rover invested in the concept. During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, the original Range Rover was becoming the bestselling vehicle in its class as well as a legend of the industry.
The idea of owning a classic Range Rover is appealing but be ready to search for a good example at an affordable price. The Range Rover wasn’t the most durable of all classic SUVs, so cars in poor condition are less money. However, they will need many repairs, so models in the best shape are getting costlier each day.