17. Range Rover won the first ever Dakar Rally, the legendary race from Paris to Dakar, Senegal.
It was an all French team, and they kind of ran away with it.
18. Range Rover wasn’t always part of the same company.
When BMW bought the Rover group in 1994, they split Land Rover from Rover, then sold Land Rover to Ford in 2000. They remained different companies until Ford bought Range Rover in 2006. Now they’re both part of Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Tata motors, maker of the world’s cheapest car.
19. Unsurprisingly, Charlie King hated that Range Rovers became luxury vehicles.
He went on record as saying they had become “an acceptable alternative to Mercedes or BMW for the pompous, self-important driver”.