When a Rekoned automaker makes a restomod, the result can be impressive
Kingsley Cars is already known for its improved kits for Land Rover cars. With hundreds of restored or improved vehicles, it has already acquired specialist status. The family business based near Eynsham in Oxfordshire is a leading specialist in restoring and upgrading classic Range Rovers. Over the past two decades she has worked on more than 400 cars and, as the company offers a personalized approach to its customers, she has succeeded in building a large portfolio of satisfied customers. So this icon SUV can live a second life and be more fun to drive than ever before.
Their latest creation is the old Land Rover Range Rover Classic (First Series), which appeared in 1969. It was one of the oldest series of the British brand, and it remained in production under various styles and upgrades. until 1996. But a few things could not keep up with the technologies, such as the engine, transmission and infotainment.
Kingsley Cars starts off with an old wrecked vehicle, tearing it to the bone. After removing all the rust from the chassis and other parts, the company’s engineers apply an anti-rust treatment. Then the road to a restomod is free. The custom automaker installed six-pot calipers at the front and four-pot calipers at the rear from the bottom. A big brake kit makes its way up front, while at the rear axle drums are thrown out and replaced with discs. Then the transmission is replaced by a modern 8-speed ZF gearbox.
An old carbureted engine wouldn’t be on the same page with the modern age. This led the Range Rover specialist to install a much more modern 220hp, injected 4.0-liter V8. As an option, a 4.6-liter developing 273 hp (270 hp) is available for those who want more punch under the hood. Thus, the reworked Range Rover meets the requirements to enter ULEZ in London. But, if you’re not interested, Kingsley offers an option for an LS3 conversion, which sounds much better. The suspension also received an upgraded package with improved anti-roll bars to keep the car on the road and behave better. Last but not least, the Borg-Warner transfer case is refurbished in the process, so there would be no oil leaks.
The interior is completely reworked with tweed or nappa leather. For the rear seats, the manufacturer has installed three armrests and two headrests. Well, that’s a nice way to admit that it wasn’t really a three-seater bench. Unlike the original Range Rover Classic, the reworked Kinglsey version came standard with heated front seats.
Since we are in 2021 and no longer in 1969, the sound system is completely different. Engineers installed a 700w unit with seven speakers. For added convenience, iPhone integration and wireless charging are on the list of options. As planned for a 2021 vehicle, the KR Range Rover Classic installs standard automatic climate control and power windows even though it sits on an older Range Rover chassis. Kingsley offers customers the option of choosing the three or five door version.
The manufacturer installed LED headlights for the low beam so that night driving is no longer a problem. Land Rover owners should better understand what I’m talking about … Kingsley added a pair of square fog lights under the front bumper to preserve the original Range Rover Classic look, which could come in handy in foggy weather. The automaker offers an optional set of aluminum alloy rims to complete the exterior look, retaining the vehicle’s original styling. It’s a nice touch of style combined with smart engineering.
The British manufacturer offers the Resto-modified Range Rover Classic for left-hand or right-hand drive. While the process will set you back around 125,000 GBP ($ 172,022 in today’s money), it might be a better way to show off your status with a gorgeous UK SUV. But I wouldn’t go for the five-door version. There are many in the market of any brand. A three-door SUV, on the other hand, is not common. But it’s just me.