LAND ROVER Defender 90 SWB 1986
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It's a vehicle that will do virtually anything you throw at it from Sunday morning drives to, going to the tip, occasional snowy day commuting, transporting friends to a party. Yes, they have their moments, but if you look after it, it will last forever.
Driving a Land Rover is always an experience and the short wheelbase 90 – or Defender as it became in 1990 – is a classic example of the genre. Generally speaking, the earlier the model the more agricultural it feels on the road, but even the very latest cars are hardly built for comfort and refinement.
Just looking through the pictures of this one, you will understand straight away the money that has been spent on rebuilding this one. Loved by just one owner all of its life the list of optional extra spend on this one includes
Roof light bar front x 4 spotlights
Rear tow bar
Complete nut and bolt rebuild on galvanised chassis
Chassis mounted roll cage
Chassis mounted multi height wheel carrier.
Removable door tops
Front heavy duty bumper + A Bar Galvanised
Rear tailgate replaced with side opening 1/2 door
Side undersill Rock & Tree sliders
Rear step and corner protectors
Rear tubular Spare wheel carrier
Front and rear maxidrive diff locks
Front winch Bumper with Winch 900lb
Heavy duty shock and springs all round
8mm Alloy Steering guard
8mm Alloy Transmission guard
ZU rims with 1400kg rating
Bikini Canvas roof canopy
Steel plated rear bumper protection.
Rear Land rover rubber mats
Extended arches front and rear
Grey cloth upholstery
MOT'd until Nov 21
The Landie was designed to offer long-lasting go-anywhere ability rather than cosset its occupants. But it does mean that you need to try one before you take the plunge as they most definitely aren’t for everyone. Indeed, on first acquaintance you might be forgiven for thinking that it was designed to be as challenging as possible, what with its hefty controls and poor driving position. You sit very upright for one thing, with limited seat adjustability, and the narrowness of the cabin means that banging you’re elbow on the driver’s door is almost inevitable as you twirl the wheel. The chunky pedals – ideally spaced for driving in wellies – feel weighty and the gearlever needs a firm hand, although it has to be said, there’s a satisfyingly mechanical feel to all the controls. Oh yes, and then there’s the ride and handling.
The former is bouncy at just about any speed while any hint of over-enthusiasm – especially in the wet – will soon have the chunky tyres relinquishing their grip on the road. All of which forces a more sedate driving style, which if nothing else helps limit the intrusive levels of road, wind, and engine noise. You’ll probably not be surprised to find that things are pretty crude in the cabin too, with basic materials and construction and little in the way of kit on most models. So it’s not much fun then? Well, actually for many people it’s just the opposite. Make no mistake, allowances need to be made but the Landie is incredibly practical, and it’s durability and off-road credentials are almost unmatched. Approach it with an open mind, then, and it could be the most fun you’ve had behind the wheel in ages.
Frankly, this is going to be a car that you either love or hate. The verdict, then, depends which side of the fence you’re on but there’s no doubting it has a very unique appeal. Make sure you can live with the driving experience, but we’ll probably never see the like again, and that makes it a pretty special thing.
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