Land Rover Defender 90. AUCTION FINISHED

The Defender traces its ancestry back to 1948 and remains the granddaddy of off-roaders, the Morgan of the mud. Since launch, almost 60 years ago, the old Landie has had a few substantial upgrades – not least to coil springs, a few styling revisions and a revised chassis. The name ‘Defender’ is also relatively new, introduced when the Discovery was launched in 1990 (when suddenly there were two Land Rovers)

The major upgrades are a new common-rail diesel EU4-compliant engine and a new six-speed gearbox, new facia, new seats and a heating and ventilation system.

The styling – if you can call it that, for the Defender mirrors an earlier age when style followed function rather than fashion – is unchanged. That new four-pot motor has 2.4-litres capacity and produces 122bhp, More important is the torque. At 265lb ft it’s up 20 percent on the old Landy diesel engine. The six-speed manual box, rather than the previous five-speeder, allows for a lower first gear (better for chugging up muddy hills) and a taller top ratio for more relaxed motorway miles. The biggest change visually is inside. The facia is new and so are the seats.

This Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top is a smart utility-focused 4x4, which has been substantially revised to custom specification, and which is in very good order. Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre inline-four diesel engine, tuned to around 180bhp and 368lb-ft of torque, with four-wheel drive via six-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows 44,460 miles and the car is in fantastic condition throughout.

First registered on September 2010, there is one previous keeper on the V5C log book, and it was acquired by the vendor in 2017. Since then, he has spent significant amount on improving both the exterior and interior as can be seen in the photos.

Finished in Corris Grey from the factory, the vendor advises that the finish presents very well. The Defender’s body panels are in very good condition. Its exterior upgrades include a new front bumper with four LED lights, a gloss black front grille and headlight surrounds, gloss black and silver wing top vents, chequer plate metal body protectors.

It rides on 18-inch ZU black alloys with black centre caps and black wheel nuts. These are sat on Cooper Discovery STT’s tyres with plenty of tread left all around. These give a fantastic rugged look to the Defender, along with the Warn winch added to the front bumper.

 Inside, the seats have been upgraded to Corbeau seats upholstered in full black leather, with perforated centre strips and quilted bolsters and shoulder padding. All of the leather is in superb condition, with only modest signs of use.

Ahead of the driver is a  Momo steering wheel, there are no electrical faults or foibles, and no warning lights on the dashboard.

The last scheduled maintenance was in September 2020 at 44,305 miles, when Defender specialist All 4 One in Bradford changed the engine oil and filter, new brakes discs and pads and pipes were fitted.

Previous services were carried out at:

2011 @ 8,197 miles

2012 @ 15,949 miles

2013 @ 22,537 miles

2014 @ 30,649 miles

2016 @ 37,801 miles

2020 @ 44,305 miles

The most recent MOT test was in November 2020 at 44,305 miles.

The defender has become a bit of fashion icon in certain circles. Even those 4x4 Chelsea tractor haters say they’d never attack a Defender. It’s the sheer simple design and durability that makes it so appealing to generations alike. Unlike the Range Rover, it’s also a totally classless vehicle, just as likely to be driven by the governor as the gamekeeper.

This Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top is a very smart custom 4x4, which not only boasts a uniquely tailored appearance, but which also has uprated mechanicals to improve the outright performance and road manners. For someone seeking a Defender with a difference, and an urban-biased setup, this could be the perfect match.

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