1995 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY V8
ENGINE 3940cc/V8/OHV POWER 188bhp@4750rpm TORQUE 230lb ft@3100rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 105mph 0-60MPH 10.5sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 17-21mpg TRANSMISSION 4WD, four-speed automatic MoT None ODOMETER 213,272 kilometres
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Acceleration is smooth and there are no misfires from Rover’s 3.9-litre V8 to spoil the healthy exhaust burble. The vehicle has been in storage for several months, but fires on the first turn of the key without hesitation or blue smoke. The automatic gearbox works up and down its ratios without protest, pulling well when pressing on up to speed. The low-range system functions perfectly too, as does the power steering. The brakes are a little spongy but the suspension absorbs rough ground without adverse noises or wobble.
The chassis and bottom of the body panels display some light corrosion, which was noted as an advisory on the last MoT. The front bumper has some minor blobs of white paint from a careless decorator and there are a few scratches to the paintwork on the passenger side, although these are not deep and might respond well to T-Cut. The boot floor is dry and largely rot-free. There’s slight bubbling by the front headights and some rust on the rear wheelarches. The rear door is a little stiff and there are three small red marks along the bottom of the front passenger door. The camel-coloured finish inside has wooden trim around the instrument binnacle, above and around the gearbox and centre console. While in good condition, the trim colour is largely limited to Japanese export models and could be difficult to source in this country. All the dials function perfectly, as does the CD/radio. The light brown carpet has worn well. Headlining is slightly scuffed and would benefit from a deep clean. All seats, including the two in the boot, are free from damage. The ventilation
UNDER THE BONNET
The horn, wipers, heater and lights all work and there are no worrying noises from the steering, suspension or braking system. The engine idles healthily from cold although the exhaust brackets underneath the bulkhead rattle. The engine has been converted to run on LPG, and the system works well, though the fuel filler cap is missing. There’s a recently fitted starter motor, and the track rod ends have been changed. The air filter box has been disconnected, but shouldn’t be difficult to reattach. The inner wings have evaded rust, while pipes and wires are secured where they should be.
THE CCW VIEW
Apart from cosmetic issues, this Japanese import Disco is robust and complete. This is a rare chance to own something different from the Land Rover world. It should prove to be an interesting project.
PROS Japanese import in largely good condition CONS Has been sitting for a while, needs MoT
EXTERIOR Scratches, some corrosion in places INTERIOR Seats and dash good MECHANICALS Strong engine and gearbox Braking needs attention system works well, with the unusual roof heater vents for rear passengers clear from any blockages.
BUY IT FROM Private sale, Coniston, Cumbria, 01539 441765, email@example.com
ASKING £875 PRICE
Cabin detailing was specific to the Japanese market.
You’ll want to reconnect the air filter again.