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The Color-Changing Range Rover Is Currently For Sale on Autotrader
Last month, I told you about an experience I had where I was walking down the street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and I ran across this Range Rover with color-changing "chroma-flair" paint. From some angles, it looked green; from some, it looked yellow; from some, purplish-blue. It was bizarre. Adding to its bizarreness were the four giant auxiliary driving lights mounted on the roof.
Well, now that Range Rover is for sale on Autotrader -- color-changing paint and roof-mounted driving lights included. I discovered this through a tip from a reader, because I wouldn't have found it myself: While this Range Rover is indeed listed on Autotrader, its selling dealer (Lexus of Englewood in northern New Jersey) hasn't yet posted pictures of it. But there are pictures on the dealer's website, which display this Range Rover in all its color-changing glory. Interestingly, the interior is just a plain black.
So how much is this thing? Lexus of Englewood is asking $99,898, which may seem like a lot -- but this is the ultimate Range Rover: a 2014 "Autobiography Black" model, which is the Range Rover's top trim, and a stretched long-wheelbase version to boot. The original sticker price of this car probably approached $200,000, if it didn't exceed it -- and now, it's offered just 3 years later for half of that. The current mileage reading is just over 22,000, with virtually all miles probably added in Manhattan, as it frequently popped up on the Instagram pages of New York-based car enthusiasts.
So will the color-changing Range Rover sell? And if it does, at what price? How much of a discount is necessary to sell a brightly-colored vehicle that can never be scraped or scratched? And where will it end up? (Or, I should say: In what part of Florida will it end up?) I'm very curious about all these questions, though I'll probably never find out the transaction price. I have, however, recorded the VIN -- and I'll be sure to keep tabs on the color-changing Range Rover through Carfax for years to come.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.