One owner Garage Find. Matching numbers, all original documents. After 25 years stood unused in its first owner garage, we got complete body off – nut & bolt restoration done on it. Sahara Dust with original Brushed Bronze Nylon interior.
Mr. T. Raappana bought a new Sahara Dust colored Range Rover from Finland’s official Land Rover dealer Sisu-Auto in 25.08.1976. Mr. Raappana lived in Oulu, northern Finland and he used his Range Rover annually until mid of 1990’s.
The 1976 Range Rover Suffix D was last in traffic at the end of the 90’s. Since 1998 it was sitting in the first owner’s garage until the beginning of the 2019. According to its first owner’s son, there were a few things that had to be fixed to pass the MOT in the late 90’s and the owner drove it to the garage with the aim to repair the car.
That never happened. The owner was already old gentleman when he bought the car in 1976 and he drove it very rarely. Between 1976–2019 the first owner drove only 138 000 km’s. Since 1998 the car was in his garage until Spring 2019. The first owner was passed away and his son, also already aged gentleman, sold it.
All the body, chassis, interior and engine of the car were all original and in original condition, but in need of restoration.
All the original papers, including the first registration paper, are stored. All papers are in original Finnish Land Rover dealer map, including the first owner registration papers, original manual and service book. Even the insurance papers, and temporary registration certificate from 1976 before the first plates are stored! The car has still its very first license plates OCV-768. Also all the original tools are in the trunk.
We made full body off, nut & bolt restoration for car with respect to its extraordinary originality and history.
The body was taken off and both the whole chassis and the rusts of the body were sandblasted off. Body and chassis has been refurbished and painted correctly. Also the axles, wheels and joints were taken apart and refurbished. Bodywork was needed espespecially in typical places, for example sills and front inner wings. Both body inside and outside, as well as body panels have been refurbished and painted correctly with original Sahara dust colour.
The original engine was taken apart, block and cylinder heads were taken to machine shop and the engine was completely rebuild with all new parts after long period stood unused. Brakes, suspension and other techniques are totally refurbished and renewed so that the maneuverability is made justice.
The original interior in incredible condition has kept as original as possible, only the headlining has been renewed.
Original refurbished wheels are fitted with new reproduction Michelin X M+S tires in original size.
A really great single owner time machine, with a perfect history and a car respectful restoration that we are really proud of. The car simply drives perfectly.
Fresh Mot / Tüv inspection done in 5/2021 and valid until 2023.