RANGE ROVER LINLEY

The Range Rover Linley LE. A car that’s held a fascination for me ever since sitting in the original Press Car at Earls Court Motor Fair in 1999.

Land Rover was always a go-to stand at any Motor Show, it still is. And the Range Rover was the one to see, especially anything Autobiography. So after an informative conversation with the chap on the stand about this edition, I was hooked.

And that has never changed. I have always tried to find anything I could about them. Including where are they are now and how many made?

This was to be the Ultimate Range Rover ever made. In original dealer press releases, a statement was issued that no more than 20 would ever be made worldwide. This figure was given out initially to reassure those purchasing ‘the most expensive & exclusive Range Rover ever made’ had an assurance that it was always going to be just that. This number later reduced to just 10 cars, due to a short-lived hype of the cars ‘Royal’ connection and the realisation that it was £100,000. Remember that the next in line “Holland & Holland” was £65,000 and that was, in a way, more unique in its immediate visual finish.


Land Rover announced a Press only gathering October 20th 1999 at 10.30am, to witness the world reveal of the new car and to meet David Liney at the Park Lane dealership.

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Park Lane unveiling of the Linley. Oct 1999. ©ownersrights

This vehicle though was the ‘ultimate expression’ of the Special Vehicles Autobiography programme that had recently been revamped for the whole range of Land Rover vehicles. (Later to be issued for Range Rover only).  The main intention was to create a PR spin-off for other cars to be ordered with Autobiography themes. This, of course, heightened with the use of ‘Royalty’ in Viscount Linley.

When ordering your new Linley, a lead time of 18 weeks was given once a donor car was delivered to the SVO department… so a total time of almost 5 months before your new car was delivered! The dealer price was £92k so a modest profit was possible from the retail price of £100k.

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The first shown Linley, Oct 20th 1999. ©ownersrights

Initially, two cars were ordered and delivered to Park Lane, London & dealer H.R Owen for display purposes and for possible immediate sales. A third car was the Press Car that toured the world and later became the ‘stolen’ one.

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A Rare photo of the Original Press Car at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1999. This later being stolen and never found. ©www.howmanymade.co.uk

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There was never a Brochure made or issued for the car. The only item released regarding the vehicle was the Press Pack. These were made in very limited numbers and given out at the original launch of the car on Park Lane, London and then sent to a few marketing areas for promotional purposes. They were also sent out to participating Land Rover dealers with a covering letter explaining the procedure of ordering one via the exclusive autobiography department that had been set-up at the factory.

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A rare shot of the full Press Pack with additional Sheets. ©howmanymade.co.uk

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So after two years of possible sales, only 6 were ever produced. Making it the standalone, rarest Range Rover sold. Not until the Range Rover Evoque “VB edition” will there be a challenger for the rarest Range Rover in the UK.

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A Rare photo I took from the London Motor Show in 1999. Very few photos exist of the Linley here or at the US Motor Show. ©Howmanymade.co.uk
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A rare picture from the New York Motor Show in 2000, which the Linley, on the left, was on display. ©ownersrights/ ©howmanymade.co.uk



The Total sales of the Linley included 5 RHD & 1 LHD. The LHD was believed to of been sold to a Silicon Valley millionaire, but that can’t be confirmed. There was talk that Brad Pitt owned it and gifted it to Jennifer Anniston when they got together as a present. This was mentioned by Jennifer in a radio Interview at the time, regarding a unique, all black Range Rover with leather headlining, that he’d given her as a gift. But more recently it sold in the states for around £3000, in a poor state. It’s now being restored, luckily in the hands of a Range Rover collector with a talent for getting this unique car back to show standards and set to live a comfortable life in the US.

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The Original LHD edition before the ‘Works’ to bring it back to life began. ©howmanymade.co.uk/©jamesM
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Looking very tired the LHD awaits a bit, er a lot of TLC… ©howmanymade.co.uk/©jamesM
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The LHD edition when collected… wrong wheels are the least of the worries!©howmanymade.co.uk/©jamesM
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The unique and rare Steering Wheel for the Linley have a tendency to split, this is how the LHD looked when it was first found. ©howmanymade.co.uk/©jamesM
The only LHD LInley, being restored
The LHD Linley undergoing major surgery, from wiring to paintwork the whole car is ‘thankfully’ being restored in the states and should be ready to show in 2019. ©howmanymade.co.uk/©jamesM

So of the other 5, the first made and original 1999 ‘T’ registered Prototype Press Car which toured the world as a showpiece for a few years went for auction in 2005, with 8000 miles on it. I’m still searching for a picture I have of this whilst at the auction! This, however, was sold out of sale to a main-agent. During its short time at the dealer and two large adverts in a nationwide newspaper, the vehicle was targeted in a dedicated way, without any mess or fuss and stolen over a weekend. It has never been found…

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What’s the chance of having this advert! I said I was a fan… The ‘First made & Stolen’ one being advertised… a few months later it was stolen and vanished… ©howmanymade.co.uk

 

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Rare photo of the ‘Stolen’ Linley at the Range Rover Anniversary show in 2000. Together with the last 25th Edition ‘Classic’ Range Rover and a Holland & Holland edition ©www.howmanymade.co.uk
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Another Rare photo of the first ever Linley at the Range Rover Anniversary show in 2000. Together with a Holland & Holland edition ©www.howmanymade.co.uk

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Another one is non-original but is in good condition. This was the last one sold by Land Rover in Dec 2000,  making it X registered.

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This is the last one when it lived in London for a few years. ©ownersrights

This originally sold via Land Rover Stoke-on-Trent and came back into stock two years later when the original owner part-exchanged it for a ‘New Shape Range Rover’. In group, it was driven by a friend of mine who worked for Pendragon at the time, to Land Rover Mayfair where it was advertised at £49,995. This sold to a wealthy Londoner in September 2002 who then used it as a ‘daily car’ but wanted a bit more from it.

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Here we go, another advert I’ve found from my archives, this being the last car sold after it had been part-exchanged and then moved to London in Summer 2002. ©www.howmanymade.co.uk

The owner later upgraded the engine to a 5.0 V8 by respected tuners ‘JE Engineering’ in Coventry at a cost of c£20,000! It also ended up with different wheels, side steps, uprated spring suspension, losing the original set-up and twin JE exhausts.

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The first time a Linley came to Market for years… this the last registered one ©www.howmanymade.co.uk
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It was for sale for a few months looking not very ‘Linley’ like in a used dealer in Hertfordshire in 2013 ©www.howmanymade.co.uk
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How it looks now… The last registered Linley. ©PaulMiller

This came up for sale again for a few months in 2013 in Chesham in fairly good condition, apart from the add-ons. This has visually been returned back to standard spec. It is the only one registered as being a ‘Linley’ on the logbook too.


Another Lives in the south-west area and is in fair condition, does need paintwork & a bit of TLC, but overall very good. This is the 2000 W registered one. It is currently stored away.


And that leaves two more… One that is a 1999 T’reg and 1999 ‘V’ reg I believe… Both live in the west of England. Now, these are possibly the original two show cars that were ordered for the London dealers in 1999.

I have a fair amount of searched knowledge of the ‘Linley’ edition. However, I do want any information you may know.

Any photo’s from the UK or US Motor Show 1999?

Where you involved in the making of the cars?

Delivering any of them?

Did you make the Press packs!?

Were you at the Launch on Park Lane in 1999?

Do you know the fate of the ‘Stolen’ one? Abroad? or in a container still? Or now in bits?

Do you know any truth of the ‘ unregistered new one sat in hiding ‘ – the possible No7?

From the slightest bit of info to the whole car, I would love information on these amazing cars. (Discretion assured)

I look forward to any information

Updates will keep coming regarding this vehicle… With more exclusive pictures and information… This is just a small amount of what’s to come… Waiting to piece together more information…

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If this has been helpful in some way, then please mention where you got the information with an ” According to http://www.howmanymade.co.uk ” – Would be Greatly Appreciated for all the time I do research, to get correct information – Regards, Mike.

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6 thoughts on “RANGE ROVER LINLEY

  1. Great to hear the LHD one is still around! The rumour on forums over ten years ago was that it belonged to a Wall Street broker who was killed- and the car destroyed- in the WTC on 9/11. I think someone started the rumour to hide the sale of the car at that time.

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    1. aah yeah, I had heard the car may have disappeared a few years back. Not heard that story though, thanks for that! I’m guessing the car must have moved to a ‘well-connected person’ after the first owner… then slowly moved its way down a poor ladder… but thankfully now in good hands!

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