What makes a car a classic? To qualify for heritage status, says Land Rover, it needs to have been ‘out of production for longer than 10 years’ – and that now includes the original Freelander.
Launched in 1997, the first-generation Freelander was produced for nine years, with more than 200,000 being sold worldwide during that time. It was a huge success for Land Rover – becoming Europe’s best-selling four-wheel-drive for five consecutive years following its launch.
There are still plenty of original Freelanders on the road, despite suffering a poor reputation for reliability. But Land Rover is now catering for it as a ‘heritage vehicle’, with specialist parts and experts on hand to help keep older Freelanders running.
Jaguar Land Rover Heritage’s director, Tim Hannig, said: “With the addition of the Freelander 1 as a Heritage model, Land Rover is reaffirming its support and commitment to its loyal customers by providing exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences for models more than 10 years out of production.
“Genuine Land Rover Heritage Parts for Freelander 1 have been engineered and tested in extreme conditions. As such it gives our customers total peace-of-mind that their vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standards.”
The company says that more than 9,000 individual heritage parts are now available for the original Freelander – as well as a further 33,000 for other Jaguar Land Rover heritage vehicles.