1991 Range Rover Model Year Details
1991 Model Year Statistics
Chassis & Suspension Changes
Photo: 1991 Great Divide Edition Range Rover (built to 1990 specs). Note Great Divide logo on tailgate, rear light guards. Also note the downward pointing exhaust tip that was used on all Classic Range Rovers from 1989 onwards. Third brake light added above tailgate handle in 1990 is present but barely visible in this photo.
1991 Model Year Statistics
Number built 3,471 Powertrain Changes:
First 1991 built
Last 8 digits of first 1991
Base Price $44,475 (increase of $5,900 from 1990)
Curb Weight 4,401 lbs. (increase of 12 lbs. from 1990) Hunter was less than the 4,400 lbs.
Gross Vehicle Weight 5997 lbs.
All now have the 21.6 gal. deformable plastic fuel tank with integrated pump/sending unit. (except the GDE model that was built to 1990 specs. and has the old 20 gal tank) The larger tank wrapped over the frame and occupied the space of the old fuel filter (part #0450905030) and different fuel filter (part #ESR3117) was used, and it was mounted farther forward on the frame. A new fuel filler pipe was used to reach the new filler location, a different gas cap was used (NTC 5418)
EPA 13 mpg city, 15 mpg highway
Photo: All 1991 Range
Rovers had the new fuel tank with the filler moved to the top of the
rear quarter panel (owners of older models can appreciate this
advantage -- it was hard to get the tank full without overflowing if
the vehicle was on even a slight slope). The vehicle pictured here to
illustrate this point is actually a 1992 model belonging to Greg
Chassis and Suspension Changes:
Front and rear sway bars on all models except the Hunter (25mm front, 18.5mm rear). Models with sway bars had single rate (150 lb./in.) rear springs replace the dual rate rear springs, softer bushings installed in the front trailing arms, and different shocks with softer damping characteristics. The sway bars slightly reduced available wheel travel (axle articulation). A new plastic undercoating was used this year. Base models had gray painted wheels. A swivel roller bearing was installed (after VIN MA601607) for improved steering feel, this was on the new lower steering shaft (part #NTC8478). The lower steering universal joint was also redesigned (part #NRC7387). All have an access panel in the rear load area to allow the fuel pump to be replaced without removing the fuel tank (except the GDE model that was built to 1990 specs).
Available Paint Colors: Alpine White, Aspen Silver Metallic, Roman Bronze Metallic, Westminster Gray Micatallic, Clearwater Blue Micatallic, Ardennes Green Micatallic, Trocadero Red Micatallic, Available only on the County SE was Beluga Black Clear Coat (1991 Color and Upholstery Guide says Beluga Black is a “Limited Availability” color). The Hunter models were painted Alpine White, Eastnor Green, Arran Beige, and Portofino Red. Other colors were not available on the Hunter, and except for Alpine White the other three Hunter colors were only available on the Hunter.
All 1991’s (including
Fuel door was smaller and higher on the body due to the new larger tank this year.
Glass sunroof with sliding screen and CD changer optional on all models (glass sunroof may have been standard on all except Hunter)
Canadian Models had daytime running lights and engine block heater with plug in front spoiler.
Accessories and options offered by the dealers included: A choice of three brush guards in both black or polished aluminum (one was the GDE brush guard/bumper combo), body side moldings with Range Rover logo, sunroof air deflector, five spoke GDE/County SE wheels and the painting of wheel centers body color. A roof rack system made by Thule was sold by the dealer.
Available Interior Colors:
Sound Insulation was increased this year. All interiors were leather in 1991 (except Hunter).
Front door locks are now heated
Auto dim rear view mirror and burl walnut was standard (on all except Hunter)
All (except Hunter) had Pioneer premium sound system with subwoofer. All vehicles wired for rear CD changer, Fuel filler release is added to the steering column and the fuel door is no longer part of the central locking system. Recessed rear seat belt anchor points.
All except Hunter had wood on dash and center console like 1989-1990 County.
Steel loadspace floor replaces aluminum and it now has an access panel to get to the fuel pump without removing the fuel tank or the entire loadspace floor.
Vinyl connected the carpet in the rear loadspace area to the carpet on the tailgate covering the tailgate hinges
Accessories offered by the dealers included: half and full length plastic loadspace protectors, (the plastic loadspace protectors would not fit models with CD players) waterproof seat covers with storage bag.
Price was $7,950 (Kelley Blue Book) or $6,500
LESS than the standard model. The Hunter
was introduced as a lower cost model for those who appreciated the
off road ability but did not want to pay the rapidly escalating price
They still had the County decal in script on the
side of the tailgate, but special County wheel center caps and dash
with the word County in script that were on 1989 and 1990 County models
longer part of the County package.
Inside all Countys had burled walnut wood, power glass moon roof,
two-stage auto-dimming rear view mirror.
Price was $2,500 (Kelley Blue Book), $3,400 (Car
Driver), or $4,300 (Motor Trend) more than the base model.
James Howard from the West Coast “Mendo” list posted
information on the a/d/s/ sound system. Here is his story of the a/d/s
Range Rover Classics starting in 199(1?) with the
The a/d/s system was designed and put together in
Great Divide Edition (GDE):
Price was $600 more than the County model. The Great Divide Edition was named after the
August 1989 Great Divide Expedition, a 13 day, 1,123-mile trip along
Continental Divide sponsored by RRNA for the press.
A limited edition of 400 were made according
to press releases and only 400 have the numbered plaques in the door
jambs. A total of 409 GDE models were
built (the NAS parts manual lists all the VIN #s). The extra 9 GDEs
for promotional purposes by RRNA. One of
the 9 was loaned to the Death Valley Park Rangers for patrol duties and
optional factory winch hidden under the front bumper, ranger decals,
and a red
and blue highway patrol style light bar on the roof.
All were built in 1990 to 1990 (LA) model
specs, and were sold
in the summer of 1990 as 1991 models with 1991
VINs. All were painted Alpine white with
Sorrell (light) brown leather interiors.
They had a large round Great Divide sticker on the tailgate and
numbered brass plaque in the drivers door jamb.
They all had rear lamp guards and a special black painted
bumper with integrated brush bar (some had dealer installed winches).
not have the plastic front air dam with fog lights, but had the small
air deflector from the European Base and Turbo Diesel models. They were the first US Range Rovers with the
5 spoke wheels (painted smoke gray) that were originally designed as an
for the Discovery in
Desert Storm Edition (DSE):
According to Jim Allen, International automotive journalist (and former Land Rover mechanic) RRNA took a 1991 Hunter with Arran Beige paint, added roof rack and bull bar, etc., and called it the DSE. They only made one, however, before (according to Jim) “they finally came to their senses”.
It is rumored that this one of a kind Range Rover was sold to a RRNA employee.
Median household income for new Range Rover owners this year is up to $400,000!
A Great Divide Edition (with a winch) was lent to the Death Valley Park Rangers for patrol duties by RRNA.
The factory warranty increased to 3 years/42,000 miles this year.
Land Rover changed from a unified VIN system to a model specific VIN system January 1991
The 4 door Discovery is launched in
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