North American car customers had gone mad for SUVs of all styles and sizes by the daybreak of our present century, with demand so excessive that even bike-and-car-centric Honda felt compelled to leap into the fray with new designs. Land Rover, bought to Ford by BMW in 2000, had supplied sturdy body-on-frame vehicles right here for many years and determined the time was proper to carry the unibody Freelander over right here for the 2002 mannequin yr. These vehicles had been all four-doors, however for 2003 a two-door model with removable roof panel was launched right here: the Freelander SE3. 20 years later, this is certainly one of these joyful little vehicles, discovered discarded in a self-service automobile graveyard situated close to Pikes Peak.
Two-door convertible SUVs bought nicely sufficient right here through the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, with such entries because the Isuzu Amigo/Rodeo Sport, Daihatsu Rocky and Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker roaming the roads. Certainly American automobile customers of the brand new century would go wild for a British model?
Because it turned out, they did not. The 2-door Freelander received the axe after 2005.
The rear cover and entrance sunroof had been detachable, enabling the Freelander SE3 proprietor to take pleasure in semi-top-down driving. Sadly, there was no place inside to retailer the cover, so it needed to be left at dwelling when eliminated.
The engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC V6 (right here partially disassembled), a Rover Group design initially developed to be used within the Rover 800. This one was rated at 174 horsepower and 177 pound-feet when new.
Some Freelanders had been outfitted with handbook transmissions on the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, however not right here. 5-speed automatics had been necessary within the U.S.-market variations.
This one seems to be to have been in good beauty form when it arrived right here, so we are able to assume that mechanical woes doomed it to this destiny.
Supposedly, the Freelander was extra succesful off-road than different compact CUVs.
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