NINETY/ONE TEN

Land Rover Monthly - - Price Check -

1983 TO 1990

THE VERY first of the coil-sprung util­i­ties still re­tained the 2.25 en­gines from the out­go­ing Se­ries III, quickly re­placed by 2.5-litre units, then an 85 bhp tur­bod­iesel in 1986. Many are now retro-fit­ted with later Tdi en­gines, which are great af­ford­able al­ter­na­tives to De­fend­ers. Good ones defy the years and there’s no short­age of spares. Prices are ris­ing – not least be­cause orig­i­nal ex­am­ples over 25 years old can be legally ex­ported to the USA. BUYER’S TIP: Great value De­fender pre­cur­sors. SPECIFICATIONS 1983-1985: En­gines as Se­ries III/ Stage One V8. LT77 five-speed fit­ted to four-cylin­der mod­els. 19851990: 2.5-litre petrol, 80 bhp, 129 lb-ft torque; 2.5 diesel, 68 bhp, 113 lb-ft; 3.5 V8 petrol, 113 bhp, 185 lb-ft, 134 bhp from 1986. LT85 five-speed fit­ted to V8 mod­els. PRICE GUIDE Poor: £2900 – £3700 Av­er­age: £3700 – £5400 Good: £5400 – £7000 Ex­cel­lent: £7000 – £13,000

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