By John Sweeney
TRUE style can come in some pretty unconventional forms. Take the original Range Rover, for example.
The David Bache penned design of 1970 appears, at first, largely simplistic in its form, yet it has something about it which merits a second look.
Throughout 1970, a Range Rover was exhibited at the Louvre, as an “outstanding piece of modern sculpture”1. The directors of the Louvre intimated that the design was such that either to add or to take anything away from it would be to its detriment.
To my eyes, it is incredible to think that the original Range Rover enjoyed a production run of some 26 years, and that a design which was current in 1970 still managed to be so in 1996.
That this was so, this author suggests, is testament to the genius of the original design, and of its designer. While the contemporary Range Rover is certainly a worthy design, I cannot help but fell that it has lost some of the elegant simplicity of its forbear.
In typical British Leyland fashion, the design was chronically underfunded throughout its lifetime, but that’s a story for another day.
So that’s the classic Range Rover, then. Unconventionally conventional.