1996 Land Rover De­fender

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WHO Richard Green­wood WHAT 1996 Land Rover De­fender MILES 72,000 PROVE­NANCE Most his­tory traced MODS A fair num­ber HOW MANY LEFT 64,000 ap­prox

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I bought it five years ago with only 57,000 miles on the clock. It’s a 1996 300 Tdi 2.5-litre tur­bod­iesel. The odometer reads 114,869km, which is about 72,000 miles. It has rear bench seats and can ac­com­mo­date six peo­ple, with a cen­tre cubby box. It has a heated front wind­screen and a good heater. There’s a new black can­vas top, re­cently re­sprayed al­loys and new tyres. The ve­hi­cle was re­sprayed just af­ter I got it, in matt grey.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

It’s ex-Min­istry of De­fence, com­plete with a bul­let hole. It fea­tured in Land mag­a­zine in Au­gust 2013. My friend Fraser Barsby wrote the ar­ti­cle, bought the car for me from the MoD and Rover Owner In­ter­na­tional changed the tim­ing belt. So the only ser­vice his­tory it has is from the five years I’ve owned it.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

There is some en­gine oil vis­i­ble on the sump and post MoT ad­vi­sories in­clude slight cor­ro­sion on one brake pipe, one slightly de­te­ri­o­rated brake hose, a mi­nor ex­haust leak and a failed park­ing brake light. There are also a few tears on the dash­board that I have cov­ered in tape.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

There is black checker-plate on the bon­net cov­er­ing the holes from when the spare was on it. It has black tubu­lar side-steps, front and rear light guards, a front tow pin, rear tow­bar and rear step.

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