Charles Spencer "Spen" King, a British engineer and father of the original Range Rover, has died at the age of 85.
King entered the auto business in 1942 as an apprentice for Rolls-Royce before going to work for his uncles, Spencer and Maurice Wilks, at Rover. After the company acquired Standard-Triumph, King helped develop the Triumph Stag, TR6 and TR7.
In 1979, King was appointed chairman of BL Technology. He produced a series of so-called Energy Conservation Vehicle (ECV) concepts using sophisticated aerodynamics, lightweight materials and ultra-efficient engines.
Range Rover honored King in 1990 with the special edition two-door Range Rover CSK.
King died on June 26 as a result of injuries sustained when his bicycle collided with a van.