Trapped $320,000 Range Rover Rescued By a $3,000 50-Year-Old Land Rover

Ironic, embarrassing footage showing a newer Range Rover being towed from a beach by a 50-year-old Land Rover perhaps proves that they don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The funny video shows a sleek, modern Range Rover stuck in mud in Salcombe, Devon. The Range Rover is powered by a five-liter supercharged V8 and is capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an estimated four seconds. However, the weight of the vehicle probably lessened its off-road abilities, which led to it being stranded on the beach.

Onlookers watched in surprise as the $3,000-valued 50-year-old model pulled the state-of-the-art, customized $320,000 Range Rover Autobiography to safety. Cameron Sims-Sterling, 30, is the owner of the 1961 Land Rover in the rescue mission. Sterling, the assistant harbour master of Salcombe Harbour, explained to the Daily Mail why he came to help:

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“It’s just part of my job. It was my day off, but a colleague gave me a call explaining the situation so I came in to help.”

He commented on the situation and the cars involved:

“My car has a mechanical winch on the front, so we used that and pulled the other car free.

“He had become stuck after launching a jet-ski, and couldn’t free himself from the mud.

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“His car had 22 inch wheels with road tires, which aren’t great for off-road, and his car probably weighs three times more than mine.

Michael Wayne, a beachgoer who witnessed the scene, expressed his bemusement:

“It was ridiculous seeing that great beast wallowing in the mud.

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“It was great to see the flashy poser shown up by the old work horse, it was really fitting.”

Another spectator sympathized with the Range Rover owner:

“I can’t believe that expensive Range Rover was rescued by the harbour lads. It must have been quite embarrassing for the owner. I guess they just don’t build them like they used to.”

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