Range Rover Classic (1987-1995)
After a 13 year absence, since they pulled out of the US market in 1974 with the last Series III 88", Land Rover decided it was time for another try in the US market. This time they had a vehicle more in tune with what was going on in the USA... The Range Rover. Actually, the Range Rover had been around in the UK since the early 1970s in various forms, but made its offical debut in the USA with the 1987 model year. Quite a few early 1980's Range Rovers came to the US under the now closed "grey market" import loop holes, and perhaps the popularity of these "grey market" imports gave Rover the push they needed to come back to the North American marketplace.

1987 Range Rover

The 1987 Range Rover was once again a version of the Range Rover that Rover thought America would want. It was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January of 1987. The NAS Range Rovers were all 3.5 liter V8 engines, with automatic gearboxes. The diesels and manual shift Range Rovers were not (and are still not) offered here. Dealerships signed on all over the USA, but sales were done under the "Range Rover" name, not the "Land Rover" name. The dealerships were "Range Rover" dealerships, the vehciles were "Range Rovers" and the Range Rover's "Land Rover" heritage was hidden from plain sight. Actually, many people still think that Range Rover is a company that makes these vehicles. In truth, Range Rover is a model name, like Defender or Discovery. Land Rover, or more technically The Rover Group, Ltd., is the manufacture. Perhaps Land Rover was looking to distance itself from its previous utility truck market in the US, now that it was offering the ultimate in luxury sport utility with a $30,825. price tag. (1987 US pricing)
The Range Rover went through some minor changes during the late 1980's but the basic vehicle was much the same as the 1970s version that started it all. The engines were upgraded from 3.5 liters to 3.9 liters in 1989 to combat the lack of acceloration complaints from US buyers. Another complaint from US buyers was the gear drive transfer case. This unit had a center locking differential and was all gear drive. This was replaced in 1989 with a Borg Warner chain drive system, similar to the Jeep Quadra-Trac system. The system was installed for ease of operation (the driver no longer had to engage the differential lock manually), and for quiet operation, but it was not as strong as the gear drive set up. Over the first few years of US importation the cloth seats were dropped in favor of all US bound Range Rovers getting all the options including leather, sunroof, (no sunroof was available in 1987) etc. The basic Range Rover become more and more "loaded" as the years went on. Some variation in options came along over the years. Models such as the stripped own "Hunter", the all option "County" and "Great Divide Edition" came along, but these were mainly bolt on options or option packages and did not cause changes in the performance or ability of the vehicle. Another addition came in 1990 with the addition of ABS or anti lock brakes.

1989 Range Rover clothe interior

The only major changes that happened were in 1993. At that time Rover brought out the Air Ride Suspension system. This took the place of the coil springs and gave the vehicle adjustable ride height controls. The vehicle could be raised and lowered from inside the cabin. The speed sensors took over once the vehicle was in motion, but they did handle better, even if the early systems were troublesome and costly to repair. Once shifted into lower range the vehicle would increase the pressure in the air bags and thus raise the ride height for better ground clearance, and once the vehicle hit highway speeds in high range it would automatically lower itself for better highway handling. All Range Rovers since 1993 have utilized this suspension system, and even the newest Range Rovers on the market today still use this type of suspension.

1993 Range Rover

Also in 1993 came the Long Wheelbase Range Rover or LWB. This was basically the same vehicle, but it was longer, 108" wheelbase as compared to the 100" wheelbase of the standard Range Rover. The extra space was put between the front and rear seats and gave the LWB Range Rover a huge rear passenger area with lots of leg room. The driver's area and the cargo area remained virtually unchanged. The extra weight of the LWB Range Rover meant it had to have more power, so Rover reworked the Rover V8 and got 4.2 liters out of it and installed it in the LWB versions. The standard version Range Rover still retained the 3.9 liter engine. For the 1993 model year Range Rovers gained traction control that utilized the ABS system.
In 1995 the Range Rover got an interior face lift for both the standard and LWB models. They had a new dash and more modern driver controls, but the exterior had few changes. The interior changes were done to accommodate the new drivers's and passenger's air bags that were now standard. Technically the early 1995 Range Rovers were built in 1994, but LRNA took the interim 94s and called them 1995s, so the 1995 Range Rovers sold for a little over 2 years.

1995 Long Wheelbase, Range Rover "Classic"

In 1995 Range Rovers were now in the hands of their new "Land Rover" dealerships and things were going well. The 1995 model, known as the "Classic Range Rover" was being sold along side the totally redesigned new Range Rover, commonly known as the 4.0. The "Classic" Range Rover was discontinued in late 1995, and the new Range Rover took over.

NAS Range Rover "Classic" Specifications:



PRODUCTION/ SALES:
 Model Year Sales
1987 1762
1988  3953
1989 4323
1990 4860
1991 3718
1992 3117
1993 4106
1994 2487
1995 5655


MSRP at time of first sale:
 Model Year MSRP
 1987 $30,825
 1988 $33,400
 1989 Range Rover $35,800
County $43,100.
Hunter $38,350.
 1990 Range Rover $38.025.
County $40,125.
 1991 Range Rover $42,400.
County SE $40,125.
Hunter $35,950.
 1992 Range Rover $38,900.
County $44,500.
 1993 County $44,500.
County LWB $49,200.
 1994 County $46,900
County LWB $50,200.
 1995 County Classic $45,000.
County LWB $52,500.



EXTERIOR RANGE ROVER COLORS:
 Model Year Colors Offered
 1987 Caspian Blue
Cypress Green
Cassis Red
Astral Silver
Cambrian Grey
Chamonix White
 1988 Alaskan Blue
Cypress Green
Portifino Red
Colorado Silver
Chamonix White
Savannah Beige
 1989 Alaskan Blue
Chamonix White
Colorado Silver
Eastnor Green
Portifino Red
Savannah Beige

County:
Beluga Black
Cairnogorm Brown
Trocadaro Red
 1990 Chamonix White
Colorado Silver
Eastnor Green
Protifino Red

County:
Ardennes Green
Beluga Black
Cairngorm Brown
Clearwater Blue
Trocadaro Red
Westminster Grey
 1991 Alpine White
Ardennes green
Aspen Sliver
Clearwater Blue
Roman Bronze
Trocadero Red
Westminster Grey

County:
Beluga Black

Hunter:
Alpine White
Arran Beige
Eastnor Green
Portifinao Red
 1992 Alipne White
Aspen Silver
Eastnor Green
Pembroke Grey
Portofino Red

County:
Alpine White
Ardennes Green
Beluga Black
Plymouth Blue
Roman Bronze
Trocadero Red
Westminster Grey
 1993 County:
Alpine White
Ardennes Green
Portofino Red
Westminster Grey

LWB:
Alpine White
Ardenness Green
Beluga Black
Plymouth Blue
Roman Bronze
Mosswood
 1994 County:
Alpine White
Beluga Black
Carmen Red
British Racing Green

LWB:
Alpine White
Beluga Black
Plymouth Blue
Mosswood
Brooklands Green
Cornish Cream
Montpellier
 1995 County:
Alpine White
Beluga Black
Epsom Green

LWB:
Alpine White
Aspen Silver
Avalon Blue
Beluga Black
Plymouth Blue
Roman Bronze
British Racing Green
Cornish Cream



INTERIOR COLORS:

 Model Year Interiors Offered
 1987 Osprey Grey Cloth
Pembroke Leather
 1988 Osprey Grey Cloth
Pembroke Leather
 1989 Brogue Brown Cloth
Highland Grey Cloth
Sorrell Brown Leather
Winchester Grey Leather
 1990 Brogue Brown Cloth
Highland Grey Cloth
Sorrell Brown Leather
Winchester Grey Leather
 1991 Sorrell Brown Leather
Winchester Greay Leather

Hunter: Brown Brogue Cloth
 1992 Sorrell Brown Leather
Winchester Greay Leather
Lightsone Leather
 1993 County:
Sorrell Brown Leather

LWB:
Saddle Leather
 1994 County:
Sorrell Tan Leather

LWB:
Saddle Leather
Lightsone Leather
Dark Sable Leather
 1995 County Classic:
Sorrell Tan Leather

LWB:
Saddle Leather
Lightstone Leather



RUNNING GEAR 1987-1995:
 Model Year Engine Displacement (liters) Gearbox
(all automatics)
Transfer Case
 1987 3.5 150hp/ 195 lb ft ZF 4 speed LT230 1.22 ratio, manual diff. lock
 1988 3.5 150hp/ 195 lb ft ZF 4 speed LT230 1.22 ratio, manual diff. lock
 1989 3.9 178hp/ 220 lb ft ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1990 3.9 178hp/ 220 lb ft
on board EFI diagnostics added
 ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1991 3.9 178hp/ 220 lb ft  ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1992 3.9 180hp/ 227 lb ft  ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1993 3.9 182hp/ 232 lb ft

LWB: 4.2 200hp/ 251 lb ft
 ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1994 3.9 182hp/ 232 lb ft

LWB: 4.2 200hp/ 251 lb ft
 ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.
 1995 3.9 182hp/ 232 lb ft

LWB: 4.2 200hp/ 251 lb ft
 ZF 4 speed Borg Warner
viscous center diff.


SUSPENSION: All models 1987-1992
Solid axle front and rear, coil sprung

SUSPENSION: All models 1993-1995
Solid axle front and rear, conical air springs


STEERING: All models
Power assisted

FUEL MILEAGE:
1987-1995 Models:

All models ranged for 12 mpg city to 17 mpg Highway

TOWING ABILITY: All models
Trailer with brakes: 5500 lbs
LWB models, with trailer brakes: 6500 lbs
Trailer with no brakes: 1650 lbs

OFF ROAD STATS:
Ground Clearance 7.5" 1987
8" 1988 onwards
Approach angle 30 degrees
LWB: 33 degrees
Departure angle 30 degrees
LWB: 33 degrees
Break over angle 29 degrees
LWB: 30 degrees


SIZE and SHAPE:
Wheelbase 100"
LWB: 108"
Track width 58.5"
Length 175"
LWB: 183"
Width 71.6"
71.4" 1989 onwards
Height 70.8"



ODD BALL FACTS:
The first 1987 Range Rover sold in the USA on 3/16/87
1989 RRNA stes up the "Great Divide Expedition" The first north to south crossing of Colorado's continental divide
August 1, 1992 RRNA became LRNA
In 1994 BMW purchases the Rover Group Ltd.


AT A GLANCE:



1978-1988 exposed door hinges
1987 and 1988 Range Rover has exposed door hinges. They are easy to spot. (as seen above)
The 1987s did not have the option of a sunroof.

1989-1995 hidden door hinges

1989s can be told by thier 3.9 engine, Borg Warner transer case, L-N-H on the shifter only (no diff. lock) and new interior trim on the doors.

1990s can be told by the addition of a third brake light in the liftgate glass.

1990-1994s are almost identical, only small changes to wheel colors and such denote the year. Best to check the VIN when trying to identify these.

1993-1994 LWB are easy to spot as they don't have the SRS (air bag) dash board system but are the 108" wheel base.

1995s are easy to spot because of the SRS style dash board.

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