In the 1970s, the Range Rover was the unchallenged overlord, and arguably the creator of this subsection of the car world. Save for a few other players in the market, such as the Mercedes G-Wagen and the hardy Toyota Land Cruiser, these were cars suited to farmers-done-good and various heads of state. The Shah of Iran had a hand in commissioning the G-Wagen, a car that straddled a line between tough military vehicle and opulent piece of urban exhibitionism. Back then, even ardent luxury 4x4 advocate Mr Charles King, chief engineer of the original Range Rover, said: “To use the 4x4 for the school run, or even in cities or towns at all, is completely stupid.” If you were a high-flying executive with your bonus freshly cleared in the bank, your daily drive would more likely have involved a Mercedes S-Class saloon for the weekday commute and a fire-engine-red Porsche 911 Turbo at the weekend.
Posted on: 16th May 2018
40 years ago if you had gazed into your automotive crystal ball and imagined all the things that would be desirable today, you may not have guessed that luxury sports utility vehicles (SUVs) would have become the lifeblood of our most treasured car manufacturers.