1992 lanD ROVER defender 90 200tdi

 

AT A GLANCE

ENGINE:  2.5L Rover 200tdi Turbodiesel with Intercooler
TRANSMISSION:  Five-speed manual with two-speed AWD transfer case
MILEAGE:  244.367 km (151,507 miles)
EXTERIOR:  Warwick Green
INTERIOR:  Black
PRICE:  $27,500

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

Always beautifully cared for since new by just two Land Rover enthusiasts, and benefitting from a recently major engine refresh, it has been prepared for serious adventure use and looks fantastic inside and out.

Recent Warwick Green paint shines beautifully and all body panels are straight and true with no filler.  Door gaps are excellent and all three doors and the hood open, close and lock correctly.  Exterior modifications include an "exoskeleton" roll cage, steering rack guard, side-outlet exhaust, snorkel, five 15"x10" NATO-style wheels, five new 33x12.5x15 Cooper Discoverer STT tires, LED top light bar, twin Ironman offroad driving lamps, redirected front fender vents, diamond plate fender tops, a swingaway rear tire carrier, and a heavy-duty winch fitted inside a matching front bumper.  Not visible from the exterior is a bespoke onboard air compressor system with a standard air line fitting below the driver's seat.

Inside, the interior features a sport steering wheel, recently reupholstered front seats, recently reupholstered folding rear benches, a dash-mounted inclinometer, an all-digital stereo head unit with headliner mounted speakers, diamondplate floor mats, and custom center console with cup holders.

Underneath, the chassis is straight and entirely rust free.  No rust anywhere.

With dramatic curb appeal, it cuts a monstrous figure everywhere it goes, but it hasn't been built for looks.  This rig has been mechanically assembled and maintained without regard for cost to be used anywhere its owner wishes to use it.  On road or off, in town or in the harshest off road environments.



WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Somewhat surprisingly, it's incredibly civilized.  A twist of the left-handed key fires the engine instantly, with no drama, clatter, or undue smoke.  The side-exit exhaust burbles away menacingly under the drivers door, and the controls fall immediately to hand.  The clutch is light, positive, and takes up the right height, and the gearchange is slick and positive.

Underway, the 200tdi engine, which was overhauled less than 50,000 miles ago, pulls like a train, and running up or down through teh gears is quick work, with no hesitation or balkiness.  Peak power is excellent, and with the broad, fat swell of torque available anywhere off idle, it can be short shifted and driven gently while still keeping up with modern traffic.  Even the massive tires are remarkably quiet on tarmac, and although they get noisier as speed increases, it will happily maintain modern highway speeds without the mind-numbing roar of most trail rubber.  The power steering is light and direct, and the truck brakes powerfully with no noise, vibration or pulling.  On the roadways, it is a delight.

Get it into the tough stuff, though, and this Defender really comes into its own.  The purpose-built suspension is well controlled and comfortable, but when combined with the oversized tires it gives the rig astonishing capability in soft, uncertain terrain.  With the Defender's long spring travel and AWD system, coupled with the additional ground clearance, it will get you over or through anything you can't drive around.

It's a serious rig, this.  Mechanically perfect, needing nothing, and beautifully set up for adventure use, all the important money has already been invested.  It merely needs a new owner who is ready to use it properly. 


 

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