MADE in Solihull – but famous around the world – the Range Rover celebrated its 40th birthday last week.
It was 1970 when the car first rolled off the production line, and it remains an important model at the Lode Lane plant.
The Queen herself has owned one of the 4x4s, so too has Prince Charles, and Madonna.
And even James Bond was persuaded to trade in his trusty Aston Martin in his last big screen outing.
Daniel Craig, who plays 007, was spotted behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport in 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
Caroline Spelman was among those to congratulate Jaguar Land Rover on the milestone: “The Range Rover has become a motoring icon all over the world as a reliable vehicle for difficult terrain and as a capacious people-carrier,” she said. “It has also proved a valuable UK export, even during the recession.”
In the future, Mrs Spelman said she was looking forward to seeing more eco-friendly versions of the famous 4x4. These will include a new two-wheel drive, which will emit
less CO2, and eventually a diesel hybrid model, which will be even greener.
Now known as the Classic, the original model was unveiled to the world’s media on June 17, 1970.
Two more generations have modelled and millions of vehicles have been sold over the past 40 years.
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