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Three historic ‘firsts’ in the Range Rover’s evolution to appear exclusively at Land Rover Legends.

The Range Rover ‘In Vogue’ first series introduced in 1981 marked its first foray into the worlds of fashion, style and luxury, in a historic partnership with Vogue magazine. A number of new features for the 2-door Range Rover were ready for introduction by late 1980, and to ensure appropriate attention was paid to the enhanced specification, the limited edition ‘In Vogue’ was born.

In the March 1981 issue of the world-famous magazine, a full eight-page advertisement entitled ‘Rendez-vous à Biarritz’ featured the ‘In Vogue’ Range Rover alongside Jaeger’s spring fashion collection. This was a very innovative promotional partnership at the time, and paved the way for many such sponsorships and placements that followed.

‘Sporty’ Range Rovers are hugely popular today, and spawned a whole new generation of Land Rover models boasting the ‘Sport’ moniker. Arguably, the first was 1990’s Range Rover ‘CSK’ (in honour of Range Rover ‘creator’ Charles Spencer King), which was a limited edition of 200 numbered vehicles using the iconic 2-door body that was nearing the end of production.

The CSK was the first to feature the more powerful 3.9-litre V8 engine with either manual or automatic transmission. It also featured a luxurious and premium specification, with bespoke leather and American walnut trim. All were finished in Beluga Black and today are among the most sought after of all classic Range Rovers.

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