1991 Land Rover Defender 200Tdi 40000mls Exceptional For Sale
Here we have a very special Land Rover Defender 110 with just over 40,000 miles covered since new, low owners and completely unwelded from new and rot-free.
Overview: First registered to Hartwells Land Rover of Oxford on the 2nd of April 1991 making this one of the first ‘Defender’ badged 110’s with the new 200tdi engine it served as their demonstrator for nearly five months until being sold to a farm near Aylesbury on the 21st of August 1991. It was retained by the farm until the 21st December 2018 by which time the mileage showing was just under 29,000mls however we know from the service book that the speedometer was changed for a new replacement in 1994 when it had covered just over 10,000mls, it reads just over 30,000mls today and so the total mileage from new is just over 40,000mls.
Structure: Simply incredible, the chassis (all original) is totally solid and rot-free. It has never been welded and even the spot welded seams where the rear crossmember is folded under to face forwards (where the rear mud-flap brackets bolt on) are perfect and not even starting to spread (which most are by the time they are 5 years old…). The chassis has light surface rust however this has not started to scale or pit and I have resisted the urge to cover it in Waxoyl as this would hide just how good the chassis is. Obviously the chassis number is clearly visible and unaltered. The bulkhead is similarly amazing with perfect seams throughout still with the original blue paint on both the inside and outside of the footwells. Again no rot or repairs anywhere on in it.
Bodywork: The paintwork and all decals are original and the doors are incredible without any rot, very little aluminium corrosion and amazingly no cracks in the frame either near the door stays or around the weld between the window frame and door body. There are numerous dinks and dents however for a utility Land Rover it is very straight (the survival rates are far lower for utility examples compared to station wagons for obvious reasons). The body cappings are galvanised from new (under the original paint) and so again are totally rot-free. Fitted is a brand new Exmoor Trim body-fit 3/4 tilt in sand (original shade) and the original tilt also comes with it which still has the Hartwells dealer sticker in the rear window (as does the cab window) however the original tilt is very faded and past its best.
Interior: All mats present and correct and the door trims are in very good order. Excellent dash board with all controls operating as they should. Moorland seat covers in excellent order, I have replaced the seat base foams as the originals were crumbling to dust and had become unsupportive but retained the original covers. Original cubby box in good solid order. Two sets or keys (ignition, doors, fuel filler, cubby box) along with original key number tag and Hartwells key ring.
Mechanicals: Having covered such a low mileage while being very well and regularly maintained has led to this Defender surviving in excellent mechanical condition. I have replaced all oils throughout using Castrol oils of the correct spec, replaced all filters with Genuine Land Rover examples, replaced the timing belt/tensioners/water pump with top quality OEM examples and the exhaust centre section (noted as leaking on an MOT advisory notice in 2007!). I have had the fuel injection pump seals replaced as it was leaking from the hydraulic block and checked the valve clearances. As you are doubtless aware the LT77 gearbox had a reputation for wearing out the mainshaft splines – Land Rover came up with a retrofit solution at the very end of production in the form of an oil feed disk, I managed to track one down and this has also been fitted to remove any worry of further wear. The engine fires up instantly with only a very slight puff of smoke and runs perfectly cleanly thereafter pulling strongly and willingly with no untoward noises and maintaining a steady temperature. The gearbox is precise and the clutch positive, the steering is light and responsive without wander and the brakes positive and confidence inspiring pulling up in a straight line. No clonks or bangs from the suspension with a nice, firm ride without any wallowing, the tyres are recent (2017 date marked) original fitment Avon Rangemasters on original rims and the spare is brand new. When I changed the oils initially I was amazed to see them all run out clear and clean without contaminants – testimony too the regular servicing it has received.
Paperwork: Current V5C present in my name, along with original V5 from when ownership passed from Hartwells to the Farm, original service book with all service entries used up – 12 services from 26/04/91-25/11/97 (mileage at that point 22,500mls), original hand book and binder, previous MOT’s back to 2000 (mileage at that point 23,400mls) verifying mileage. Current MOT valid until 15th January 2020. I have acquired and started a genuine parts continuation service book detailing the work I have carried out to date.
This really is a quite exceptional Defender and one that I think really ought to be in a collection where it can be preserved as it is. As previously mentioned survival rates of utility Defenders are very low and I have never seen one in such amazing structural condition over about 5 years old – I can only assume it has never seen road salt and always been kept in the dry! Mechanically strong and with what is arguably the best engine Land Rover ever produced it is a delight to drive and I recently used it for a 200ml trip and it was a joy to use. Not cheap but nothing worthwhile ever is!
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