H422 JLC – 1991 Range Rover CSK No 2 !
Limited Edition 2 door
Land Rover Centre is pleased to be able to offer Range Rover CSK No 2 for sale.
The limited edition Range Rover CSK is named after Charles Spencer King, the man who designed the original 2-door Range Rover.
The CSK was intended primarily to publicise the new anti-roll suspension and was promoted as a sportier Range Rover.
The Range Rover Sport of the day if you like.
Most examples had the 3.9 litre V8 engine and five-speed manual gearbox.
This particular example is the rarer automatic version.
Most elements of the CSK’s specification were drawn from the four-door Vogue SE or from US-market models. Each car has a individually numbered plaque on the radio panel confirming its exclusivity, discreetly bears his insignia, and in 1990 cos £28,995 GBP (manual). For an automatic you had to pay £30,319 GBP.
The Range Rover CSK features a number of modifications improving both performance and passenger comfort. It’s the fastest production Range Rover ever built at that time, with the proven and a re-chipped version of the 3.9 litre V8 engine developing 185bhp. The increase in performance is complemented by improved handling at high speeds. Land Rover UK had introduced front and rear anti-roll bars and sports dampers, to give a smoother, more comfortable ride for on-road handling. The roll stiffness is increased by 25 per cent over the standard production model. This all gives remarkably positive and responsive driving. The CSK is available with a choice of five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.
The CSK is also the most aesthetically pleasing Range Rover ever built. Outside, the stunning Beluga Black paintwork is contrasted with chrome bumpers and silver pinstripe coach lines whilst discrete silver CSK logos are positioned on both front wings and one on the lower tailgate. The elegant CSK lettering on the sides of the scuttle panel supposedly represents Spen King’s signature, but his bank probably wouldn’t honour any cheque with this scrawled across it. The great man confessed some years ago that he had to write his initials in three or four different ways before Land Rover stylists found a version they liked! The paintwork looks good because Beluga Black is a clear over base colour and the lacquer really brings out a depth of shine. All models also feature a black front spoiler incorporating integral fog lamps. Two further driving lamps are mounted on the grille for improved night-vision.
The CSK also features distinctive black-edged/rimmed, five spoke silver alloy wheels, unique to this limited edition.
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Prices for early 2 door Range Rovers have soared over the last decade, and the limited edition CSK 2 door is arguably becoming equally collectable, with concours examples demanding £45,000 to £60,000.
This particular example is not concours, it has had some light restoration in the past, and there is still some room for improvement.
However, it is a very usable example that can be enjoyed and improved as you go – knowing that values of these collectable Range Rovers is only likely to increase.