For Sale: 1989 Land Rover Defender in Groveland, California

Vehicle Description

Believe it or not, Right Hand Drive (RDH) for this vehicle is valued about 10% higher than LHD. The current owner, a local collector, needs to trim his stable. Very substantial restoration work was recently completed and is listed near the bottom of this ad.The year 1984 saw a new short-wheelbase version of the 110, the Land Rover 90 (Ninety). The wheelbase was actually 93 inches, but all of the improvements of the 110 were added to the new model, including a stronger frame, bigger windows and larger payload. Axles were located by radius arms and a Panhard rod up front and trailing links at the rear. Approach and departure angles also improved. This Defender 90 has Land Rovers first-ever turbocharged engine. This TDi engine helped Land Rover redress a decline in European sales. It was the biggest and most potent version of the basic Series units, and the final incarnation of the most enduring in-house Land Rover diesel engine.The continued resilience of the 2.5-litre diesel formula would surely cope with a Garrett AiResearch T2 turbocharger, which was needed to match the performance of European competitors. Land Rovers engineers bolstered the engine for turbo performance with improved crankshaft bearing lubrication (which also helped cool the components), and with new pistons and exhaust valves to withstand the higher combustion temperatures. An oil cooler further controlled temperatures and a viscous fan and lighter components contributed to marginal gains on fuel consumption. The turbo set up provided increased low speed torque, which could be tapped instantly thanks to negligible turbo lag. But the bottom end proved unsuitable for the stresses associated with turbocharging, resulting in cylinder block cracking and crankshaft bearing failures until a redesign of the block and crank bearings in 1988.According to Hagerty Valuation Tools the value of this model is up and average of about 35% since the beginning of 2021 to these current levels: #1 Concours $87,100, #2 Excellent $63,400, #3 Good $38,600, #4 Fair $17,600. We offer this iconic vehicle at $44,900.Note: Just before the vehicle was delivered to us it was picked up from a local paint/body shop - with the right-side door repaired in a distinctly different green. We have been using a top South San Francisco shop for over 17 years that serves mostly dealers and wholesalers. Their painter is very talented and is not color blind. Their rates are substantially below normal retail. Photos were taken after a 2-day Dust Bowl-like wind storm; we apologize for the dust. Recent Repairs and Modifications (very little use since):Front bulkhead bead blasted, and all rusted areas repaired with new metalRear load area Raptor linedChassis pressure washed, all rusted areas repaired with new metal, treated with rust converter, primed & paintedNew rear main seal in engineThree new UK made doorsNew outer front fenders (wings) and headlight panelsAll new door hingesNew galvanized body capping on rear tubNew aluminum side skirtsReplace seals & gaskets in gearboxAll new lighting including head lights, turn, stop, license, front & side marker lights, interior dome lightAll new body seals for all doors, all windows, roof & windshield (windscreen), & vent flapsNew station wagon side sliding windows and new safari windowsNearly all fasteners replaced with either zinc plated or stainless-steel hardwareAll new fluids in engine, gearbox, transfer box, axles, cooling system, brakes, clutch etc.New engine oil and fuel filtersNew switchgear for steering column for turn indicator, hi/lo beam, horn, wipers, & windshield washerNew windshield (windscreen)Three front seats recovered with new seat fabric and all foam replaced with new cushionsThree new door panels (door cards)New fitted carpetNew radiator grill and headlight surroundsFour new wheel archesNew door pulls (handles)New air cleaner & heater fresh air intake grillsNew clutch master & slave cylindersNew rubber pedal pads for brake, clutch & acceleratorThree new wiper bladesBrand new alternator and new V beltNew rear axle sealsNew front bumperNew fuel tank level senderNew speedometer cable and wiper motor park switchEngine: 2.5L turbo diesel, 86 hp, 150 lb.ft torqueTransmission: LT77 5-speed Transfer Case: LT230 2-speedOdometer: 139,300 milesColors: Green with Beige clothVIN: SALLDVAB7FA430812/Vermont Registration Visit My Car Guy online at to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at (415) 860-1505 today to schedule your test drive.

Vehicle Details

  • 1989 Land Rover Defender
  • Listing ID:CC-1534840
  • Price:$44,900
  • Location:Groveland, California
  • Year:1989
  • Make:Land Rover
  • Model:Defender
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Interior Color:Beige
  • Odometer:139300
  • Stock Number:101721

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