1970s Range Rover

The first Range Rover was called the Range Rover Classic and was produced between 1970 and 1996.

The prototype was produced in 1969 and to keep the name secret it was called a "Velar" - derived from the Italian word 'velare' - meaning to veil or cover. The first 26 prototypes were even fitted with the name 'Velar' on the vehicle to disguise its identity.  

It was available only in a 2 door body until 1981. Some specialist firms did produce a 4 door body during this period. 

It was manufactured by British Leyland from 1970 to 1986 and then Rover Group from 1986 to 1996.