NINETY/ONE TEN

Land Rover Monthly - - Pricecheck -

1983 TO 1990

THE FIRST of the coil-sprung util­i­ties re­tained the 2.25 en­gines from the out­go­ing SIII, quickly re­placed by the 2.5, then an 85 bhp tur­bod­iesel in 1986. Many are now retro-fit­ted with later Tdi en­gines, which are 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 can be 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.

1985-1990: 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: £3000 – £3800 Av­er­age: £3800 – £5500 Good: £5500 – £7000 Ex­cel­lent: £7000 – £13,000

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