£5000 DEFENDRR?

Land Rover Monthly - - £5000 Buying Guide -

NINETY/ONE TEN

Once upon a time there were only two models bear­ing the green oval: the Land Rover and the Range Rover. That sim­ple state of af­fairs lasted un­til late 1989, when the Dis­cov­ery was launched. To avoid con­fu­sion, the Ninety and One Ten models were badged Defender. The coil-sprung One Ten had been launched in 1983, the Ninety a year later. At first there was a choice be­tween nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated diesel (slow) or V8 petrol (thirsty). A turbo was bolted onto the diesel from 1986 on­wards, sup­ply­ing a bit more oomph.

These ve­hi­cles have stood the test of time and rust isn’t a mas­sive is­sue. Out­rig­gers and rear cross­mem­bers are eas­ily re­placed, but cor­roded bulk­heads can prove costlier to re­pair. These sturdy work­horses are De­fend­ers in all but name and are re­mark­ably good value. Well-sorted ex­am­ples can be picked up for £5000.

TIP: If you aren’t both­ered about ab­so­lute au­then­tic­ity, seek out ones that have been retro­fit­ted with exDis­cov­ery Tdi en­gines, mak­ing them eco­nom­i­cal (30 mpg) and suit­able for to­day’s roads.

A typ­i­cal Tdi work­horse will go on for ever

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