1987 Land Rover 90 GS 200Tdi - Military Ninety Soft Top! For Sale
1987 Land Rover 90 GS 200Tdi Soft Top
1987 | E Registered | 2.5l 4cyl Turbo Diesel | 5-Speed Manual | NATO Green | Truck Cab Soft Top | Roll Cage | MoT?d until 13th August 2019
1987 Military GS model, fitted with a ?Truck Cab Soft Top? and full-length Safety Devices roll over cage. Later Defender 2,495cc 4cyl 200Tdi diesel engine, mated to the 5-speed LT77 gearbox. PAS. 5 x steel wheels with 235/85R16 mud terrain tyres. Front lamp guards and mesh grill. Exmoor trim high-back cloth front seats with centre cubby box. Exmoor Trim front carpet set. Swing-away rear tailgate with jerry can holder. MoT until August 2019.
The Land Rover ?Ninety? was launched in 1984, shortly after the ?One Ten? in 1983. Both were adopted by the Armed Forces a couple of years later, to carry on the role that the Series III 109? and 88? models had served so well. The vehicles were originally powered by the bullet-proof, but slow ?12J? naturally aspirated 2.5 litre diesel engine (essentially an upgraded 2.25 diesel), mated to the then new five speed LT77 gearbox. They also had servo assisted braking, using disc brakes at the front, and drums on the rear, and no power steering for simplicity in the field.
This particular Ninety is a 12 Volt GS (General Service) model that entered service with the Ministy of Defence in 1987, and was cast and sold off into civilian hands in 2002. Originally a full-length canvas top, a shorter truck cab soft top has been added allowing the practicality of an open-backed pickup, however you could fit any other type of roof if you wished. A full-length chassis-mounted Safety Devices roll cage has been installed giving far superior protection to it?s occupants in the event of an accident and to the bodywork in off road environments. A later 200Tdi engine from a Defender (top mounted turbo) along with the power steering has also been fitted, giving better performance, economy and slightly more refinement, all beneficial for use on today?s roads.
Jumping into the driver?s seat, the engine easily fires up from cold, and pulls well with plenty of grunt and little smoke. The gearbox, high/low gears, difflock and clutch all work as they should, and the brakes work strongly bringing it to a stop nicely. Underneath, the chassis is completely solid, and has had a replacement rear crossmember fitted at some stage. It has also been undersealed to protect it from the winter grime and salt, so rust is not something to worry about anytime soon. The bulkhead and footwells are good with only very minor corrosion in the engine bay below the bonnet drip rail. The body work is straight, and has been resprayed in a glossy NATO green by a previous owner; making for a very presentable vehicle.
The interior is good, with two high-back logo-patterned cloth seats plus a cubby box, and full Exmoor-Trim carpeting helping with sound insulation. Additional bench seats could be fitted in the back if required. The dashboard has a couple of holes from previous accessories, but is in good condition and still has the centre-mounted military lighting switch present. The electrical equipment works as it should, and a 12V socket has been added for satnavs/phones etc.
The odometer reads 158,700 kilometers (equivalent to 98,600 miles), which we cannot verify to be correct or not but would be right for an ex-MoD Land Rover, and the MoT is valid until 13th August 2019. This Ninety is ready to be used, enjoyed or put to work; whether it be on the farm, building site, shoot, towing heavy trailers or just as a winter backup vehicle! If you are interested in the vehicle, please do get in touch.
We have described the vehicle as accurately as we can, but please take your time looking through the photos. Viewing is most welcome, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. All funds must be cleared before the vehicle can be taken away. We are happy to take deposits to reserve vehicles, however this is non-refundable fee agreed on point of sale, and is valid for 7 days at which point the full balance must be settled and collection or delivery arranged.
The vehicle must be collected from our premises near Church Stretton, Shrewsbury. We can also arrange UK delivery by trailer if you so require.
Overland & Highway Ltd.
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