Range Rover CSK for sale

Range Rover CSK for sale

01/22/2021

30 years old but recently subjected to a £100k restoration, classic Rangies surely don't come much better

By Matt Bird / Friday, January 22, 2021 / Loading comments

Half a century of continuous production is not a milestone that many cars reach, yet it was one ticked off by the Range Rover in 2020. Some achievement, really, given it not only created a segment almost on its own, but also stayed immensely desirable across its 50 years on sale. Sure, some derivatives are certainly more in demand than others (and that's not likely to change) but the Range Rover isn't like the Mustang where 25 years of the 50 are best forgotten – even the P38 is rising in value.

Like the Mustang, though, and similarly to the Mini and 911 that have also endured for so many years, it's the original Range Rovers that are now most sought after. In all four instances, actually, it might be argued that desirability is about more than just historical significance and actually because the originals are the best looking examples, truest to the concept and unsullied by later tweaks. But we'll leave you to debate that one amongst yourselves.

The appeal of a Charles Spencer King Range Rover has never been in doubt, though. Even when new it was the Range to have, both a celebration of the model's 20th anniversary and a dedication to the involvement of Spen King in the car's development. The Valentino Balboni 4×4, if you will. Just 200 were made, identified by Beluga Black paint, a silver pinstripe and 'CSK' signatures.

This was so much more than a badges and plaques special edition, though – back in 1990 this was the fastest Range Rover yet made. Tweaks to the V8 warhorse under the bonnet liberated 185hp, and a new suspension set up – comprising better dampers plus anti-roll bars for the first time – aimed to sharpen the handling. And you thought SUVs were a 21st century thing…

Nowadays, with the CSK 30 years old and classic Range Rovers more in demand than ever, any of the 200 would be an asset. But this one is rather more special than most, having been restored over a six year period between 2012 and 2018 and with just 19 miles covered since. Oh yes, and the restorative work cost £113,000. If ever £70,000 for a 30-year-old Range Rover could look good value, perhaps this is it.

Naturally, the thing looks immaculate from here, the sort of car that might come out of the factory now if Land Rover embarked on another 'reimagined' series. The seller describes the end result as "an asset for any collection"; given the CSK's rarity and the apparent quality of this work, that's surely hard to dispute. Naturally, we'd all like to see old cars out and being used, but surely the worry of what any more miles might do to this Range Rover's condition would undermine any of the appeal.

Or would it? Perhaps with it factory fresh once more, now's the time to fully embrace the CSK charm, rumble along on V8 torque and look good wherever you go. There really is nothing like a classic Range Rover experience, and one like this promises to be even better than most. So, what'll it be?


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