For Sale: 1993 Land Rover Defender in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description


• 200 TDI with manual 5-speed transmission
• Arles Blue/White

Factory Left-Hand Drive, 5-door, finished in Arles Blue with a white roof and black leather upholstery in excellent overall condition. 4-wheel drive with high-low range, 200 Turbo Diesel Inline-4-cylinder engine with a manual 5-speed transmission, cold air conditioning, 5 passenger seating plus seating for 4 in the rear with side-facing seats, side steps, and a rear step to get into the rear door.

According to Carfax this Defender was imported and declared to meet US highway safety specifications in February of 2017. The current owner purchased the vehicle in August of 2018. The first service was done by Euro West Rover in Costa Mesa, California who replaced the radiator, changed cooler assembly, and refilled the cooling system. Recharged air conditioning system and replace differential lock switch and adjust linkage. The work was completed on September 14, 2018, with 2,830 miles at a cost of $2,058.68. The second major service was completed by British Car Service an Independent Land Rover Specialists in Los Angeles, California, and the following work was performed; install new under the dash air condition system, install remanufactured fuel injection pump, strip both front swivel hubs, replace seals and gaskets, re-shim the swivel pins, install new brake rotors and pads. Replaced the front differential pinion seal, replace right rear axle hub seal, replace rear axle A-frame ball joint, replace all rubber brake lines with stainless steel braided flex lines, flush and bleed brakes system. Adjust rear brake shoes, replace gaskets and seals on both engine side plates, install new lift pump, perform oil and filter change, remove the fuel tank and replace the fuel sender unit. A total of $14,583.32 was spent at 3,295 miles on April 26, 2019.

Currently in excellent overall mechanic condition. This Rover is turn-key and ready to be driven daily or for a fun weekend off-road adventure. The Defender 110 presents very nicely and is a blast to drive. Excellent value for money and hard to find.

Highlights include:
• Two front seats, rear bench, and two rear foldable benches
• Air conditioning system
• Black leather seats
• Full carpeting
• Bilstein suspension
• BF Goodrich All/Terrain K02's 265/75 R16 tires
• Disc brakes front and rear drum brakes
• LRI solution black skid plate Black side runner steps
• Spare wheel mounted on the rear door

History of the Land Rover 90 and 110
Production of the model now known as the Defender began in 1983 as the Land Rover 110, a name which reflected the 110-inch (2,800 mm) length of the wheelbase. The Land Rover 90, with 93-inch (2,362 mm) wheelbase, and Land Rover 127, with 127-inch (3,226 mm) wheelbase, soon followed.

Superficially there is little to distinguish the post-1983 vehicles from the Series III Land Rover. A full-length bonnet, revised grille, plus the fitting of wheel arch extensions to cover wider-track axles are the most noticeable changes. Initially, the conservative engineering department insisted that the Land Rover was also available with a part-time 4WD system familiar to derivatives produced since 1949. However, the part-time system failed to sell and was quickly dropped from the options list by 1984. While the engine and other body panels carried over from the Series III, mechanically the 90 and 110 were modernized, including:

• Coil springs, offering a more compliant ride and improved axle articulation
• A permanent four-wheel-drive system derived from the Range Rover, featuring a two-speed transfer gearbox with a lockable center differential
• A modernized interior
• A taller one-piece windscreen
• A new series of progressively more powerful and modern engines

The 110 was launched in 1983, and the 90 followed in 1984. From 1984, wind-up windows were fitted (Series models and very early 110s had sliding panels), and a 2.5-liter (153 cu in), 68 horsepower (51 kW) diesel engine was introduced. This was based on the earlier 2.3-liter (140 cu in) engine but had a more modern fuel-injection system as well as increased capacity. The 200 Turbo Diesel produced 85 hp (63 kW), a 13% increase over the naturally aspirated unit, and a 31.5% increase in torque to 150 lb-ft (203 N�m) at 1800 rpm. A low compression version of the 3.5-liter (214 cu in) V8 Range Rover engine improved performance. It was initially available in the 110 with a Range Rover LT95 four-speed transmission with integral transfer case and vacuum operated differential lock, then later in conjunction with a high strength "Santana" five-speed transmission.

This period saw Land Rover market the utility Land Rover as a private recreational vehicle. While the basic pick-up, 4x4, and van versions were still working vehicles, the County 4x4s were sold as multi-purpose family vehicles, featuring improved interior trim and more comfortable seats. This change was reflected in Land Rover starting what had long been common practice in the car industry - detail changes and improvements to the County model from year to year in order to attract new buyers and to encourage existing owners to trade-in for a new vehicle. These changes included different exterior styling graphics and color options, and the introduction of new options, such as radio-cassette players, Rostyle wheels, headlamp wash and wipe systems, as well as accessories such as surfboard carriers and bike racks. The switch from leaf spring to coil spring suspension was a key part of the new model's success. It offered improved off-road ability, load capacity, handling, and ride comfort.

Vehicle Details

  • 1993 Land Rover Defender
  • Listing ID: CC-1622373
  • Price: $72,500
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1993
  • Make:Land Rover
  • Model:Defender
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:11239
  • Stock Number:LR4276
Listed By:
European Collectibles
1665 Babcock Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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