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>British automotive legend Charles Spencer King, age 85, died in late June.

King developed the first passenger friendly Range Rover in the 1960’s, and ushered in the SUV market, much to his dismay. King was critical of what the SUV became, saying, “Sadly, the 4×4 has become an acceptable alternative to Mercedes or BMW for the pompous, self-important driver. To use them for the school run, or even in cities or towns at all, is completely stupid.”(nytimes)

King later developed a series of experimental ECVs (Energy Conservation Vehicles) which included features later used in production vehicles. Something he might prefer to be remembered by.