Registrations to look out for
YVB and NXC (1969/70)
The most well known members of the Range Rover family are the pre-production ‘Velars’. After a handful of engineering prototypes including AOY 289H, the factory made approximately 50 pre-production vehicles in the series YVB 151H – YVB 175H (a London prefix); and NXC 230H – NXC 245H (a Solihull prefix). The YVBs were mostly used for prototype and application testing and the NXCs were allocated to the 1970 press launch fleet.
The majority of the YVBs and NXCs have survived in one form or another due to the pioneering research of Geof Miller in the mid 1980s. Those that have survived are much cherished and can change hands for price of a brand new 4th generation Range Rover.
ELA; PXC; FAC (1970 – 1984)
Immediately after the June 17th launch, Land Rover started to explore the diverse range of applications for the new Range Rover. Three of the first production vehicles built after the Velars were registered in the London suffix sequence ELA 830J/ 831J/ 832J and used to explore the vehicle’s potential for rapid response fire and rescue for the armed forces. ELAs 830 and 832 have survived.
Throughout the 1970s Land Rover frequently used the Solihull ‘XC’ suffix for its press and marketing vehicles. By the early 1980s they changed to Coventry suffixes including AC, RW and KV. FAC 194Y, an In-Vogue press vehicle was recently rescued by a CVC press launch P38a owner.
YKV (1991 – 1992)
In 1992 the award winning 200 Tdi Discovery engine was fitted to fifteen prototype Range Rovers and registered in the Coventry suffix series K50 YKV – K75 YKV; after testing they became the press fleet to promote the new 200 Tdi diesel model. K58 YKV featured in ‘What Car?’ magazine and is the only known survivor from the press fleet. The 1992 LSE press fleet also used the K-YKV registration.
Throughout the early 1990s Land Rover registered many vehicles for press and prototype purposes. The majority of these vehicles were registered with Coventry suffixes: AC; VC; HP; KV and RW. Most common are JAC; FAC; KAC; BAC; HHP; HRW and YKV.
CVC (1994 – 1997)
Of course, the M-CVC registration is best known for the 38a Range Rover press fleet, but it was also used for the factory’s own internal fleet on vehicles other than the P38 such as the rare 4.2 Autobiography M324 CVC the sought after ‘soft dash’ 300 Tdi M686 CVC and the 3.9 SE stalwart of the range M682 CVC.