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Pre production Discovery 1s

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Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by Seb » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:18 pm

Hello everyone,

I was guided here by a kindly member after I posted on the LRO forum.

Can anyone tell me how you distinguish a pre-pro Discovery 1 from 'just' an early one apart from the VIN number?

Are they of value to collectors?

Does the absence of side window demisting vents denote a pre-production dash?

Many thanks in advance,

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Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by benji89 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:42 am

Hi Seb
The lack of a vent is a good sign.
Bonnet pull on the right, smooth black cover on the rear door handle, a row of stiches missing on the seat base.
If it has a spare wheel cover, the Discovery is a sticker, not embossed in the plastic.
VIN numbers in the GA38xxxx range.
Not yet regarded by the classic folk as a Classic, but values are creeping up, you will be lucky to get a G-WAC, in any condition, for less than £10.000.
Owners with good ones wont sell.
Have a look at my G-WAC Notes, and give me a call
Roy.
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G478WAC. Foxfire Red V8. Restoration complete 01.10.19
G513DHP. A pre pro V8i 5-door. Will be on display at the 2019 shows
G526WAC. One of the 86 LR demo cars at the launch on the Hoe October 1989
G628BKV. March 1990 3-door Tdi in Davos white
L637LRX. 2.0 Mpi 5-door. A rare model now
L680YVV. A '93 Tdi 3-door in black. My winter wheels 2019/20
KJ04ZXB. Rover 75 Club SE. My daily driver
L270MCF. Honda Crossroad.

 

Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by Seb » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:18 pm

Hi Roy,
Thank you for your help. The Disco I have found was registered abroad in '89 and has early Range Rover steel wheels. Does that sound right?
Best wishes,
Seb

 

Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by Seb » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:26 pm

Hi Roy,
Many thanks. The car was built or registered in 1989 and has Rostyle steel wheels. Would these facts be significant?
All the best,
Seb

 

Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by Guest » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:19 am

bump

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Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by benji89 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:15 pm

Hi Seb.
I have not seen an early one with RR wheels, even the prototype, picture attached, had the usual Disco steel wheels fitted.
What is the VIN? the early pre-pros started at GA38xxxx
Roy.
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G478WAC. Foxfire Red V8. Restoration complete 01.10.19
G513DHP. A pre pro V8i 5-door. Will be on display at the 2019 shows
G526WAC. One of the 86 LR demo cars at the launch on the Hoe October 1989
G628BKV. March 1990 3-door Tdi in Davos white
L637LRX. 2.0 Mpi 5-door. A rare model now
L680YVV. A '93 Tdi 3-door in black. My winter wheels 2019/20
KJ04ZXB. Rover 75 Club SE. My daily driver
L270MCF. Honda Crossroad.

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Re: Pre production Discovery 1s

Post by Rawlings2 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:31 pm

Hi Roy/Seb

Some of the early pre pro test vehicles with the bread van fibreglass back disguise were fitted with the rostyles, that said anyone could fit rostyles to a discovery.
As Roy stated the best way is to get the chassis number, we know all the early numbers so at least could give you a steer.
I have three early Discovery,s all with the vent free dash, one is a G-WAC, the 2nd one registered on the UK launch day and the other March 1990 so the early parts span quite a period making it difficult to judge the age.
Loving the thought that any G-WAC to be worth £10'000 I,ll probably wake up from that dream soon, still I,d not now part with mine for less than £12,000 and to think last year I,d have let all five of my fleet go fo £7000 with no takers, glad I came round as 463 is now progressing well.

See I,d buy it anyway and just enjoy the journey.

Regards

Ian

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