Clas-sic [klas-ik] – adjective (dictionary.com)
1. of the first or highest quality, class, or rank.
2. of enduring interest, quality, or style.
1. a work that is honored as definitive in it’s field.
2. something noteworthy of it’s kind, and worth remembering.
Land Rover started referring to these first gen Range Rovers as “Classic” in ’96. And like all things branded as such, the British SUV had to earn its stripes. It debuted in 1970 with vinyl seats and a plastic dash designed for easy hose downs after muddy hunting days in the woods. The original two-door models (4 door was added in ’72) were not intended to be the luxurious vessels you seeing lining the streets of East Hampton today. They were very basic and utilitarian in their design and construction. Spencer King, Range Rover’s creator, was an engineer before he was a designer, and his first prototype was created to be the best off road 4×4 on the market. I can’t deny the beauty and comfort found in modern Range Rovers, but lately it’s been these rugged Classics that keep me coming back for more.
At the same time that the United Kingdom was introducing the Range Rover, a little family-owned company in New Hampshire, USA was working on a big idea of their own. The Abington Shoe Company had one goal, waterproof work boots. By utilizing injection molding technology they fused rubber lug outsoles to leather waterproof uppers. They would call this boot Timberland, and a classic was born. The 6 inch Premium Timberland work boot, with its wheat coloring, is one of the most iconic boots in existence and is the heart and soul of the Timberland company. It is a classic design that will never get old. The actual boots will get old, but that’s when they get even better looking.
In my dream garage sits one of these 2-door Range Rover classics and the only boots that dare touch those pedals are my old beat up Timberland 10061’s. Beautiful utilitarian design paired with the enduring quality, and outdoor heritage is what makes these classics…well, classic.
Pictures: Timberland and Land Rover archives
The Range Rover Classic and the Timberland classic were both created to endure any outdoor elements that nature may bring. Range Rover introduce the groundbreaking 8-speed permanent 4-wheel-drive gearbox which allowed the SUV to remain stable in the slickest conditions. For Timberland, the direct-attach seamed sealed waterproof construction keeps feet dry in all conditions.
The Range Rover broke from Land Rover’s past by using coil springs instead of leaf springs. The coil springs added extra support to the hefty vehicle. The rubber lug sole of the Timberland boot add structure and durability
The Range Rover was designed to be a capable off-roader, but with the ability to carry 5 passengers comfortably. The padded collar of the Timberland was designed for pure comfort and ankle aupport.
The Range Rover introduced disc brakes rather than drum brakes for safety and quick braking response. The Timberland boot uses durable laces coated with Taslan for long lasting support. The Range Rover body was made of aluminum panels hung over a steel structural frame. The Timberland boot has a steel shank for support.
The aluminum outer panels of the Range Rover were corrosion resistant and easily repairable. The hardware on the Timberland is rustproof for long-lasting wear.