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Hello,

I've been offered a 1982, Manual, RHD, 3 door, 3.5 petrol with just 6000 miles.

Car will need some work to bring to to a standard that will reflect the miles as its been unused for a while.

Is this model/year/gearbox a good combo or should I be avoiding like the plague! Also, any ideas on the value?

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The combination is fine. You will however have issues with gaskets, seals and most likely brakes that are seized. With a manual you won't have all the issues an auto has from lack of use. When was he last time it was started and ran?
 

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6000 miles in 36 years is basically never used. This is likely to present some issues with time sensitive parts / seals / hoses etc. A lot will also depend on how its been stored and where. Its you are prepared to check everything and change quite a few parts then great.

As for value, if it is a genuine low miler and capable of rebirth to concours then it could be worth tens of thousands in the right market. Depends on whether the seller has a clue what they are selling. A knackered old range rover is just a knackered old range rover.
 

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Is this in a rust free area? I assume it has been in storage. Early Range Rovers were not exactly built to last, they rust badly, the mechanics and electrics are temperamental, engine + carb are poor and the build quality is shoddy. Not having any rust is a VERY good start, mechanics can always be revived but can be time consuming and expensive. Electrics are relatively simple, just poorly put together. The window seals etc are now hard to get (= expensive). Sagging headliner is relatively easy to fix

Having said all of that, I bought a 41k miles 1983 RR V8 auto loaded with AC/electric windows, etc. Rust free but disassembled engine original Texas import. No rust anywhere. So far I have sank about $8k in incl tires/battery/EFI/Fuel tank/radiator/alternator/starter/all engine parts/windowseals/interior parts/etc/etc.

Since it is a RHD, if you can get it for a good price and it is rust free it would be worth advertising it in the UK (England) somebody might just be looking for that and willing to come an collect. Good restored 3 door cars ones can go for $100k.

Mine is a LHD and they go for good money in France where I expect I will be moving to in a year or two. So I tell my wife it is in investment :)
 

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Thanks for the reply gents.

Car runs and is located in a hot climate so rust not a big issue.
Nonetheless, I'll be budgeting for an extensive recommission and paint/interior.

I'm based in the UK and car will be shipped here if I go ahead with the deal.

Will let you all know what I decide and how I get on.
 

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Thanks for the reply gents.

Car runs and is located in a hot climate so rust not a big issue.
Nonetheless, I'll be budgeting for an extensive recommission and paint/interior.

I'm based in the UK and car will be shipped here if I go ahead with the deal.

Will let you all know what I decide and how I get on.
If the South is Texas and you are shipping through Galveston (to Southampton) I have done that before and used a Southampton Shipping Agent that I was very happy with.. Let me know if you need assistance.
 

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1983, so it is not exactly an early one so it is not that bad on rust. I bought a 1972 a year ago and must get into putting the 'new ' engine in. almost no rust thank God.
My 1983 one spent most of its life in France and only got the rust in the hot climate, since most of the roads are mud where I live.

I don't know where the car is but since we have many here is it form CR or Mexico? Or the Caribean?
If it is here I will check it out for you no prob. Even in NI or PA.
Or is it Belice? I just read the RHD bit, there there is a salt problem sometimes and it is a sod to get cars out.
 

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Car is in the Far East. I've made a bid and now playing the waiting game.
 

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the interior looks exactly like my green one.. only it is on the other side.
Any which way it is lovely. If it is in Selangor my friend Mei who loves Land Rovers certainly will have a look for you.

Is it Brunei? BW.. and low mileage otherwise it could be a Selangor import :) on some island
 

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Yup, was in Brunei but now in Singapore. Its an ex Sultan car.

How does the general condition look to you Classic fans?
 

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Yup, was in Brunei but now in Singapore. Its an ex Sultan car.

How does the general condition look to you Classic fans?
Tailgate(s) look like they're in great shape. No rust on the firewall it seems either. Cloth fabric seems a little used but it'll clean up.

But it could still certainly be a well restored truck with 106,000 miles or more.
 

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Mhh, might be low mileage, but not exactly pristine condition. Just looking at it quickly looks like has had a lot of 'modifications', which in the far east (I know I lived there) means hacks that are costly to fix and restore.

Few just by looking at pictures:

- quite a few holes in the dash, expect wiring mess
- Instrument binnacle partly opened up, mileage suspect
- Looks like seat bases are swapped or something (back rest lever should be on the inside) also how come the seatbelt buckle is on the outside? rubbing of seat side to door cards is a little odd. In fact my 83 has different door cards altogether, but is a 4 door might be different.
- No head rest cushions, factory AC or Electric windows? I would think the Sultan could afford a higher specc'ed vehicle? Maybe it was the Sultan's Gardener.
- Front bumper not original - accident damage?
- Air filter housing missing (how long has it been running without?)
- Rear lower gate i suspect is not original. No rear mat fitted, including on base and wheel arches
- Side rubbing missing, I expect this car has had a respray
- Discovery wheels (rims)?

Given that this is Far East don't expect to get a time capsule, garaged model. With evidence the car has been 'worked on' there will be a lot of surprises. They are really ingenious in making things work and it does not involved original parts or instruction manuals.

Good luck!
 

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Other than that its great!:shock:
 

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Thanks for the info gents. Very useful.

This would be my third car from the Sultans collection, so I know what to expect in terms of condition.
For certain, the low miles are no indication of condition!
 
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