BUT I CAN AF­FORD A LAND ROVER NINETY

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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

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