1979 Rapport Excelsior 1979 Rapport Quadraporte 1979 Rapport Range 1981 Rapport Range 1981 Rapport Ritz
1979 Rapport Excelsior 1979 Rapport Quadraporte 1979 Quadraporte & Excelsior 1981 Rapport Range 1981 Rapport Ritz
1981 Rapport Starlight 1981 Rapport Huntsman
1981 Rapport Starlight 1981 Rapport Huntsman
1979 Rapport Options Brochure 1979 Rapport International
1979 Rapport Options 01 1979 Rapport Options 02 1979 Rapport International Group
special luxury conversions of the superb but under-developed Range Rover to the wealthy market
in the Middle East.
- Ian A Leaf - BA(HONS) - Chairman
- Jonathan C D Brydon - BA(HONS) - Sales & Marketing
- Warner G N Manning - BA(HONS) - Finance & Operations
- Andrew D Shanks - ACA MOMS - Engineering & Development
As Mr Brydon says:
"The cars were expensive to fund and build, but we did it and it was massive fun and not something that could be achieved easily today.
Ian Leaf led a team of very young people (non above 26), who achieved remarkable success in Rapport Quadraporte in 6 wheeler with long range fuel tanks
manufacturing and selling these cars to the expanding Middle Eastern market.
inspired the workforce with his style and ideas.
I was sales director for Rapport International for two years during a very active period in 1978-1980.
It was a very exciting time for a young person to be involved in the motor industry."
Rapport Ltd had the address Rapport House, Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ, UK and developed a wide range of different creations for the wealthy customers like many of the world's royal families, governments and their agencies throughout East and West Africa and Europe or the Arab markets.
Rapport had several factories operating exclusively for them and other subcontractors delivered all different items for the Range Rover conversions, like the often tastful interiors, powerful engines and the many different body shapes and front ends.
- Rapport Quadraporte 4-door conversion
- Rapport Excelsior ultra luxury stretched 4-door limousine
- Rapport Starlight 2-door cabriolet
- Rapport Hunter stretched 4-door hunting wagon with open landaulet
- Rapport Huntsman open version known from James Bond movie Rapport Excelsior a real off-road limousine with ultra long rear doors
Rapport available engines and transmissions:
- 4.4 litre Leyland Rover V8 engine (originally only available in the Australian Leyland P76)
- Turbo equipped V8 3.5 litre Range Rover engine, with Allard turbocharger
- 3.5 litre V8 engine, standard Range Rover
- Formula Ferguson FF automatic transmission
- Borg Warner BW automatic transmission
- Manual 5 speed FF transmission
- Sports Pack Suspension
- 6-wheel or 4-wheel conversions
Rapport available front ends
- Standard Range Rover front
- "Droop Snoot" front from Ford Granada
- Wedge front with headlamps and repeaters from Volvo 264 with spoiler
- Excelsior front with revised Rolls Royce grille and crome dual headlamps
Plush interior in the Rapport Excelsior to really suit a royal familiy
Rapport exterior features
- Coachpaint any desired colour or effects; metalflake, metallic or standard
- Sunroof, full length, manual
- Vinyl covered roof
- Wide tires and alloy wheels
- Flared wheel arches
Rapport interior features
- Full luxurious interior in leather or warm Dralon retrim, included Wilton carpets
- Entertainment system Radio/Tape in HiFi with remote control or standard level
- Redesigned walnut dashboard in aircraft style with new instruments and functions
- Air conditioning system, different solutions; on roof, in dash or under dash
- Air conditioning system, front and/or rear
- Electric windows, front and rear
- Seats, electric, occational rear - Seats, electric, manual anatomic
- Central door locking
- Central armrest and glovebox, leather between front seats
Rapport Quadraporte "Droop Snoot" version with Ford Granada front
Rapport additional features
- Long range fuel tanks with high positioned filler cap
From a French Auto Magazine in 1980 of the launch of the Rapport Starlight:
"The outdoor report
Specialist in conversions of all kinds of English society, Rapport International Ltd is exhibited
at the Geneva Salon in March(1980) and have developed a convertible on a Range Rover.
The convertible, to be frankly, is characterized by various accessories and a very special
grille borrowed from the Ford Granada. This kind of a vehicle cannot remain unnoticed to the
outdoor or off-road enthusiasts.
It offers four seats under a canopy of quality and a variety of optional equipments. For those
interested in power, a 4.4 liter V8 engine with a turbocharger will be offered. Rapport Starlight cabriolet with "Droop Snoot" front and hood closed
Added to this only the fantasy of the client may limit the creation; an automatic transmission,
and electronics antilock braking system, is available.
And for the "sophisticated", they can claim Connelly leather, like Rolls Royce and Jaguar.
There's something for all tastes, so why not, after all it’s just simply to have at its disposal a
solid bank account also sure for tomorrow, without worries.
Moreover, the English coachbuilder have improved its comprehensive catalogue in the
Range Rover series transformations to also give us a 6-wheel conversion with four-wheel drive
or six-wheel drive, enough to satisfy the most demanding client.
There are also another on the same basis, the Quadraporte, whose frame is lengthened
by 90 cm.
Rapport Ltd goes even further by offering its transformations for models as different as the Rapport Starlight open air cabriolet with characteristic low profile front
Mercedes, Jaguar, Jeep, Chevrolet, Ford, VW and even the Alfa Romeo and Mini."
Rapport also launched the Triumph Acclaim based Ritz model, that can view view in the
brochure above, via the link.
The ultra modern Rapport Forté a four seat sports car with a fully retractable hard top launched
Chris Humberstone stated that, "once it was refined it worked very well and gave a real feeling
of saloon car integrity". A sophisicated electro-hydraulic system was employed to stow the
aluminium and steel roof within the boot space. As if that weren't enough, the roof panel also
featured its own electrically-operated "moonroof".
Rapport ran into financial difficulties in the early 1980's due to too many models and variant.
A declining market and that the Rapport Ltd company expanded too fast and too heavily with all
the challenges of keeping costs under control.
Rapport Ltd closed down, but their operations with Quadraporte and Starlight were transferred
to another company within the same group; Symbol Ltd. Rapport Starlight cabriolet with more classic Range Rover front
- A special "Thanks!" to Mr. Johnny Brydon for his contributions with information of Rapport Ltd.
Rapport International Ltd culminated with the models Ritz and the ultra modern Forté in early 80's and became Symbol Ltd
Very tasteful interior in leather and polished burl walnut wood luxury Early version of "digital" instrument panel in a Rapport conversion
Rapport Range Rover 2 door conversion with Volvo 264 front 1979 Rapport Quadraporte Turbo with special front and flares