BUT I CAN AFFORD A LAND ROVER NINETY
DAVID SIMISTER Imagine Ray Mears turning around and telling you that he’s far too important to build houses out of twigs these days. That’s pretty much how I felt when Land Rovers in their original form stopped appearing at trialling events and started popping up at the Goodwood Revival instead. It’s as though the Birmabright bodywork had been swapped for polished Unobtainium – and there’s no way you’d put it through the rigours of being used properly on the rough stuff.
But for a third of the price of a decent Series I you can pick up a perfectly good Ninety – the Land Rover that introduced a generation to the joys of coil-sprung suspension, nicked straight off the Range Rover. It’s as rugged as its 1940s forebear but easier to drive and live with, parts are easier to find and it’s better value.
The Ninety – in V8 or TDi form – is welcomed at Land Rover shows, but unlike the Series I you won’t get mutters of complaint if you take it down a rutted track. Ray Mears would definitely approve.
WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £8000, GOOD £5500, USABLE £2500, PROJECT £1225
WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £35k, GOOD £25k, USABLE £12.5k, PROJECT £7.5k