1991 Range Rover 'CSK'
1991 Range Rover 'CSK'
Charles Spencer King Limited Edition
Number 66 of 200 produced
Engine upgraded by John Eales, founder of JE Motors (now JE Engineering)
At the 1990 UK Motor Show Land Rover announced that they were going to do a limited edition run of special two-door Range Rovers called the CSK, named after Charles Spencer King, the designer of the original Ranger Rover in 1970. Not only was this a limited production run of just 200 examples but the CSK was intended to the pinnacle Range Rover in terms of performance, looks and luxury.
The trusted 3.9 litre V8 was re-chipped to produce 185bhp, the suspension was uprated and stiffened by 25% which allowed for better on road manners and the extra power meant a top speed of 114mph, making the CSK the most powerful and fastest Range Rover ever produced at the time.
All 200 examples were finished in Beluga Black with chrome bumpers and subtle silver coach lines. Inside, all were trimmed in Beige leather with Walnut dashboard and trim. Most CSK’s were fitted with a five-speed manual but a four-speed automatic was an option but pushed the price of the car north of £30,000 in 1991.
The example offered here was bought new by a Mr. Moffat from Lex Land Rover in Bury and delivered on the 3rdAugust 1991 just in time for the grouse season! The extensive history file contains the original order form and invoice as well as several service invoices throughout Mr. Moffat’s ownership which went on until August 1998. According to the handwritten bill of sale on file, the car was sold for the sum of £10,500 to Andy Starr of Colchester, Essex. Upon change of ownership servicing switched to Lindacre Land Rover in Ipswich, Suffolk. Mr. Starr owned the car until around 2006/7 and was bought at some point during this period by Chris Davies of Poole, Dorset who sold the car in 2009 according to another hand written bill of sale on file.
It isn’t clear as to who bought the car at this point but a quote on file from Vantagefield International, a renowned car customiser and trimmer, from September 2009, shows that the car was restored and retrimmed with black leather and black alcantara finish as well as having the mechanical side attended to as well. The mechanical restoration included an engine upgrade by John Eales from 3.9 Litres to 5.0 Litres and an increase in power to 300bhp! John Eales founded JE Motors in 1975 and developed Land Rover’s V8 for the factory Paris-Dakar cars and developed his own 4.2 litre V8 that was so good that Land Rover purchased the rights to build the engine and fitted it to later production Range Rovers.
Soon after the upgrade was finished the car was purchased by Lord Rothschild, head of the renowned Rothschild banking family and keen motoring enthusiast. He kept the car until 2013 at which point the current owner bought the car and set about carrying out further improvements including new suspension all round as well as new sills. Now in wonderful condition and having had over £50,000 spent on it over the last 9 years, this really is a well loved and ready to go example of a very rare limited edition Range Rover accompanied by its original owners manual, extensive history file with most MOT certificates back to new and the apt number plate J66 CSK, this being car no.66 of 200. With Jaguar Land Rover now restoring original 2-door Range Rovers at a cost of £135,000 plus the cost of a donor vehicle, this example looks extremely good value for money be it as a collector’s edition or the ultimate shooting wagon.