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1969 Range Rover ‘Velar’ Pre-production chassis number one

Chassis number: 35500001A

Registration number: YVB 151H

Engine type: 3.5 V8 Petrol

Gearbox type: 4 Speed

Vehicle spec:
The story of the Pre-production Range Rovers can seem confusing: seven Engineering Prototypes were built between 1967 and 1969 with the chassis numbers 100/1 to 100/7. These were followed by 27 Pre-production vehicles whose chassis numbers were the first in what became the final production vehicle chassis sequence, beginning with 35500001A for UK-spec vehicles and 35800001A for LHD export-spec cars. These were followed by 20 cars built for the Press Launch which had the chassis numbers 35500026A to 45A. The first car built to full production standard is considered to be chassis 35500046A.

This vehicle was built in late 1969 and is the first of the Pre-production vehicles. It carries chassis number 35500001A. It was sold by the company in April 1971 to Michael Forlong who was the producer of the two Range Rover promotional films ‘A car for all reasons’ and ‘Sahara South’. It had two further owners during which time it was given a cherished number plate and then a replacement age-related plate.

It was acquired in 1985 by Chris Greenwood who, with his brother Scott, carried out a painstaking renovation retaining all the original components. In 1990 the car was acquired by Peter Garside of the Huddersfield Land Rover Centre and exhibited in the showroom, rarely venturing out other than for magazine features or film work, until being offered for sale at the Salon Privé auction in September 2014.

We are delighted to have secured the loan of this important vehicle to the Dunsfold Collection.