Your definitive guide to all four generations of the Range Rover:
In production since 1970, by James Taylor
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1985 Range Rover Turbo D ‘Beaver Bullet’ record-breaker
Chassis number: SALLHAME7CA157990
Registration number: B378 TAC
Engine type: 2.4 VM Turbo Diesel
Gearbox type: 5 Speed
This vehicle has a very interesting history. Known as the ‘Beaver Bullet’ it was the first diesel-powered car to maintain an average speed of over 100mph for 24 hours, breaking all diesel speed records for a 4x4. Over three days in August 1986 at the MIRA test track, two diesel-powered Range Rovers took a total of 27 sprint and endurance records. This is the endurance vehicle.
To assist with the record attempt a number of modifications were carried out. Two racing-type fuel fillers were installed on the lower tailgate, a full internal roll-cage was fitted, and passenger and rear seats removed. Radio communications were installed, together with a quick-release bonnet catch and other minor modifications.
The VM diesel-powered Range Rover was not received favourably by the motoring press when it was introduced, primarily because the ‘Top Gear’ show had tested a vehicle that was badly-prepared. The record-breaking initiative was Land Rover’s way of showing how capable the new vehicle actually was.
The car is in completely original and unrestored condition.