1969 Range Rover Velar Prototype

As usual, the guys over at Bring A Trailer scored another great find with this 1969 Range Rover Velar prototype. The Velar would help build Range Rover a foundation that continues on to the current model year. Even though the Range Rover is in its third generation — the first of which was based on the Velar and persisted for some 25 years — you don’t have to squint too hard to see the resemblance between the 2012 Range Rover and its 43 year old ancestor. This virtually unbroken generational line may come to an end for the 2013 model year when the Range Rover gets restyled with Evoque-like streamlined design elements.

The Oldest Range Rover in the World

Billed as “The Oldest Range Rover in the World”, this Range Rover Velar (reg. plate AOY 289H) is one of a series built as engineering, testing, and promotional prototypes between 1967 and 1969. While other earlier vehicles such as the Road Rover from the 1950s provided groundwork for the Range Rover, this Velar is the oldest remaining actual prototype. As such, the Graeme Hunt company in London is presenting this unique piece of history for sale with an asking price of £77,750.00 (approximately $122,000.00). 

The listing page states that the Velar was restored around 1994 and was used since; some evidence of which can be seen in the photos shown below and on the Graeme Hunt website. The question is, will this Range Rover get the Indiana Jones “It belongs in a museum!” treatment or will this earliest of luxe Land Rovers continue to see on and off-road duty?

1969 Range Rover Velar Front View

1969 Range Rover Velar Side View

1969 Range Rover Velar Rear View

1969 Range Rover Velar Interior



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January 26, 2012

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