Rockstar’s old Range Rover laughs in the face of the Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Convertible

While the recent Range Rover Evoque Convertible might be the first official soft-top Rangey, aftermarket specialists have been chopping the roof off the luxury SUV for decades.

Townley Cross Country Vehicles of Kent took an angle grinder to PMV 378W when it was nearly new in 1981. Originally painted in Sandglow Yellow, the V8 Range Rover was bought by Queen drummer Roger Taylor who exported it to the Netherlands. A paper trail reveals it was re-imported into the UK within months, before promptly being repainted black.

Taylor sold the car to Queen’s management company in 1992. Since then, it had two further owners before being sold at a specialist classic car auction in 2012. The Range Rover’s current owner, David Barker, won the bidding and discovered the car, now repainted metallic maroon and cosmetically rough, was remarkably solid.

The car’s now been restored, including a full retrim and a rebuild of the engine. It’s now looking better than ever, attracting admiring glances at this weekend’s NEC Classic Motor Show, where it caught our eye.


More NEC Classic Motor Show news on Retro MR:


In pictures: Roger Taylor’s Range Rover

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Discover

Latest

Hot Seat: a history of Cupra hot hatches

After years of Seat hot hatches, Cupra has become a standalone car marque, with a focus on sporty performance and style. We tell its story so far.

MR archive: Tesla Roadster review

As Tesla reveals its new Roadster, we raid the archives and discover this review from 2009

This ‘Rambo Lambo’ puts the Urus super-SUV to shame

The Lamborghini LM002 is on display at this weekend's London Classic Car Show

Land Rover Discovery: meet the ancestors

We drive four generations of Land Rover Discovery. Which would you buy today?