The historic Paris Opera became a theater for automotive excellence the other night when Range Rover took over the premises for a display on the evolution of the quintessential luxury SUV.

Covering four decades of design heritage, the brand new model was showcased alongside classics and even the rare, special edition Range Rover CSK heritage vehicle, a two-door model named in honor of Range Rover’s original creator – Charles Spencer King.

King once famously said that the cars he designed were never intended as status symbols, merely utility vehicles that happened to appeal to toffs and upper class types.

Very British, we’re sure…