Newport Convertible Engineering is the first US coach builder that designs, engineers and distributes limited Range Rover 6X6 throughout the world!
Newport Convertible engineering is currently the only US coach builder that designs, engineers and distributes the Range Rover 6X6 throughout the world.
Mercedes-Benz caused a buzz last year with the launch of its G63 AMG 6×6. Adding considerable width and an extra pair of wheels to its G-Wagen gave it presence like no other, and buyers from Riyadh to Dubai were seen frantically scribbling checks for the ultimate dune-busting Mercedes.
The six-wheeled off-roader is not a new concept, however. That’s clear enough from the 1973 six-wheeled Range Rover for sale on Car and Classic, for considerably less money than Mercedes wants for its AMG-badged behemoth. Built by British coachbuilder Carmichael, the has had a varied history but sadly no longer runs, having spent the last ten years laid up in a garage.
Originally a 3.8-liter V-8, the Range Rover was quickly converted to a 4.0-liter Perkins diesel engine, on account of its high fuel consumption–coinciding with the 1973 oil crisis. Unlike the 6×6 Mercedes, its back wheels are there for support alone, with only to the front four. The elongated body, suitable for eight people, is the reason for the extra pair. Its early years were spent in the hands of a Lord, who used it to hunt for rabbits and pheasants in the northern parts of Wales, and originally the vehicle featured a weapons rack and mini-bar for preparing cocktails–presumably since removed. Even Mercedes’ other 6×6, the Zetros, can’t boast a cocktail bar.