Holland & Holland Range Rover | Alcohol and Guns
The new Holland & Holland Range Rover builds upon the strengths of two iconic British brands to provide the perfect vehicle for any aristocrat roaming around his country estate. Thanks to the skill and craftsmanship of the team at Land Rover, the new car is able to combine the luxury of a Bentley with the legendary off-road capability of the Range Rover.
Both Land Rover and Holland & Holland hold Royal Warrants and the collaboration between them has resulted in the most luxurious, and most expensive, Range Rover ever. It’s the price of a small London flat, but we’ll get on to the figure later.
The first H&H Range Rover was based on one of the garish Overfinch cars, but this new one is based on the little-known Range Rover Autobiography Black, the top Range Rover thus far, the new model has been designed by Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team. 40 cars per year over a three-year period will be made.
The Holland & Holland is available with a choice of Land Rover’s two best engines: 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel or the 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
It is instantly recognisable from a distance, even among other Range Rovers, due to the unique Holland & Holland Green that we saw on the 2009 model. The grille is painted in the same deep green and has chrome highlights.
On the inside, the car has been tailored to accommodate the lifestyle pursuits that Holland & Holland think their customers take part in. The Executive Class seating package in the long wheelbase car makes the most of the additional legroom in the back and 17 degrees recline available to the rear seat passengers. The two individual rear seats are completed with electrically deployable walnut tables no less, USB charging sockets and mood lighting.
The interior looks magnificent, and is flooded with French walnut veneer, subtly polished to resemble the oil-finished gunstocks for which Holland & Holland’s craftsmen have been famous since the company’s foundation in 1835. The car’s woodwork is made from a single huge piece of walnut, 1.50m long by 50cm wide to make sure everything matches and the seats are made from the sort of leather usually reserved for a private jet.
My favourite parts of the car are possibly one of the smallest. Holland & Holland’s scroll turning the internal door handles into works of art to look like a gun block.
Obviously the biggest feature in the car is located in the boot. This car will be no good for airport runs due to the stunning leather-trimmed cabinet in the boot, designed especially for this car. The interior has been precisely fitted to transport the owner’s Holland & Holland guns. The sliding boot floor is also designed to be load-bearing so that it can still be sat upon when owners wish to change their shoes after a day’s shooting or stop for an impromptu picnic.
Daryl Greatrex, managing director of Holland & Holland has said, “this project represents two great British brands working together to produce a car that perfectly represents our shared brand values. Stunning form and perfect functionality unite in a car that is supremely fit for purpose.”
That sums this car up rather well I think. It won’t win you any friends at Greenpeace but maybe they could be persuaded with some sips of champagne from the drinks cabinet. Or if that doesn’t work, there’s always the 12-bore. Just try explaining the contents to the police when they pull you over though.
And the price for the Holland & Holland Range Rover? Brace yourself… it’s £180,000.