Category: Rescue Stories

Pre Production Range Rover Sport

Quite often I find myself browsing eBay as you do looking for ‘special’ factory cars. So imagine my excitement when I came across an advert for a 54 plate Range Rover Sport in September 2015! I had spotted it myself, but it was also mentioned on the CVC-R Facebook page. The pictures clearly showed the…

Pre-Production Press Demonstrator Freelander 2

It appears Freelander 2 assembly at Halewood started with small trial batches – some cars would presumably have been used for crash-testing, others for quality evaluation and training assembly workers. It is probable that VIN numbers below 200 were not intended to be ‘finished’ cars. VIN number SALFA23A17H000293 is a Freelander 2 HSE i6 in…

Police Demonstrator Reliably Revived

M761 CVC is an early production 4.0 SE second generation Range Rover that was one of the six police demonstrators created by Land Rover and loaned to various police forces as a test vehicle. The London Metropolitan Police subsequently bought her in 1997 and deployed her as a traffic car for the next four years.…

Pre Production Press Car in the Spotlight

M208 CVC, a 2.5 DSE, was built in the spring of 1994 as part of the Method’s Build prototype phase on a dummy production line in the South Block of the Solihull Land Rover factory. Pre-production Methods Build Vehicle It is assumed that she took part in the 1994 press launch at Cliveden House; however,…

Pre Production Press Launch Freelander

R202 BAC is a rare survivor One of only three R2–BAC press launch Freelanders known to have survived. Registered on 11th September 1997, this pre-production vehicle was despatched to the press department and widely used for promotional work including the ‘Men and Motors’ TV programme being test driven by Ginny Buckley and also featured in…

Special Escort Vehicle for Lady Diana’s funeral

Shortly after the 1994 launch events Land Rover created six CVC-registered Police demonstrators.  M751 CVC, a very early 4.0 SE production vehicle, was eventually transferred to the Metropolitan Police’s Special Escort Group (SEG).  Amongst many high profile events ‘751’ was used most notably to escort Lady Diana’s hearse on September 6th 1997, strewn with flowers,…

L10 RGL and Charles Spencer King

L10 RGL is one of nine pre-production vehicles (along with LR1) to have been registered with a ‘L’ prefix for VIP evaluation prior to the launch.  Rather than using a local registration suffix such as VC (e.g. CVC) these cars were assigned a registration that was intended to look like a personalised plate; where RGL…