Charles Spencer King, the engineer behind the Range Rover SUV and the Rover SD1 luxury sedan has died at age 85 after being involved in a traffic accident involving his bicycle and a van.
King famously set out to combine the best attributes of the Land Rovers of his day (rugged, off road ability) with the luxury features of a Rover sedan. In doing so, he created the Range Rover, the grandfather of the modern luxury SUV, and a product that has gone on to become an icon of luxury, off road performance and conspicuous consumption.
In addition to the Range Rover, King went on to help develop the Rover SD1 and the Triumph TR6, a car that helped spark America’s love affair with British roadsters.
[Source: Auto Express]