- Jun 28, 2010
Report: Spen King, father of the Range Rover, dead at age 85
Charles Spencer King meets with Prince Charles at Land Rover's 60th anniversary.
We've got sad news for the auto world – Autocar reports that Charles Spencer King, the father of the modern Land Rover, has passed away. The 85 year-old King died as a result of injuries he sustained during a traffic collision between his bicycle and a van almost two weeks ago. The man is most known for heading up the team that brought the iconic 1970 Land Rover to life, sparking a movement that would have the world clamoring for high-riding, comfortable off-road cable vehicles that continues on today.
King was so instrumental in Land Rover's development that the company honored him with a special edition model in 1990 called the Range Rover CSK, limited to 200 individually-numbered units. But over his career, King also spent plenty of time working on a number of other interesting projects, including the Rover JET1 prototype and the wildly successful (if not reliable) Triumph TR6.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
[Source: Autocar | Image: Michael Dunlea/AFP/Getty]