1997 Land Rover Defender D-90
After a continuous run of 67 years production finally ended on the
29th January 2016, after a total of just over two million Land
Rover Series and Defender models had been built. The two millionth
unit was assembled with the help of a special team in May 2015, and
charitably auctioned for the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies later that year. The last Land
Rover Defender rolled off the production line, with the number
plate H166 HUE, a reference to the first ever pre-production Land
Rover, registration 'HUE 166'. This was the 2,016,933rd Defender to
For consignment, a go anywhere in style D-90 Defender. The 90
designation comes from the wheelbase which is actually nearly 93
inches, but who's measuring? The consignor is the 2nd owner and
they had a frame off restoration completed between 2006 - 2008. It
has been garage kept and never 4x4'd as well as a good polish job
every year to keep things spit shined. Paint and chrome are all
nearly perfect. ( I cannot say perfect as someone will spot a
microdot then make a big stink on Ebay motors where ALL the experts
reside....) Trust me, it's spotless.
Please note, this vehicle is sold with a clear and clean
Pennsylvania tite, however, the CarFax does show a rebuilt title
and mileage not actual branding occurring in July of 2002. This
branding followed the vehicle when it moved to Virginia, but once
it came to reside in PA the reconstructed branding was removed. So
there is a possibility of title washing. Please do your own
research on this and verifythis vehicle is legal to register in
your country, state, province, or territory.*
Small but mighty for this 4x4 truck with its front end guard in
black which wraps the grille and sides of the front quarters.
Behind the truck's black grille with a single headlight on either
side along with a round turn signal. A black steel bumper is below.
The al-UUU-minium, (as the Brits say, and when in Rome...), truck
and its panels are bathed in pristine white paint and shows well
minded gaps with more black accenting on the plastic fender flares,
door handles, tube like running board and black canvas top. This
top can be completely removed or it has plenty of zip off windows
which will let the outside in if you want. On back, another tubular
black bumper with a hitch mount and tail lights that have black
guards attached to them. 15-inch shiny wheels are wrapped in
LT265/75R16's all around.
Charcoal gray for this interior with rugged utilitarian looking
doors with a large edge actuator, central pull and a lower storage
pouch. Even the speaker has a guard! As we slip inside the charcoal
broadcloth seats which are covered with gray seat coverings. The
seats appear in good condition. A wide bodied central console is
between the covered seats and has a spacious glove box, shift
levers and ashtray, (sorry "ash receptacle" to be PC). The simple
designed dash all in black has all the essential gauges to monitor
this truck's workings, and the original steering wheel fronts the
dash. Charcoal gray carpeting is showing on the floors and rubber
mats are protecting these floors. In back is a small pick up-esque
bed with seats lining either side. The bed is protected with a
factory rubber liner. A swing open rear gate is on, and under the
canvas is a solid roll bar mounted firmly into the framing.
Under the hood in a slightly patina engine bay sits a 4.2 liter V8.
It is fed fossils and atmosphere by EFI, and there is a 4-speed
automatic ZF 4HP22 transmission on the back. A 4.285 axle
designation weighs in for both thefront and rear carriers. Here we
go! Just grab the groover.
Mostly rust free with just minute spotty rust spots not associated
with structure soundness. All black painted and all sound. Radius
arm and coil sprung front suspension handles the bumps and for the
back a 3 link system with coil springs. Power disc braking is on
all 4 corners. A like new stock style exhaust is now in.
It started quickly, however I heard a rattle which the consignor
stated is due to a loose media problem in the catalytic converter.
This occasionally causes the check engine light to illuminate. The
remainder of the drive went swimmingly with all functions working
smartly, and a decent 4x4 ride was had by me and my partner in
crime who is always along to get out of the office. Plus we can
discuss potential problems or issues with these vehicles.
All fully restored and all looking great, and due to a test drive
talk revealing chink in the armor, and some issues with the title,
it would behoove the potential buyer to do some research, just
sayin'. Still a beautiful classy small wheel base 4x4 and its a
A-British Leyland, Rover
V-49 State Emissions
2-2 Door Open Soft Top
2-4.0 Liter V8
4-Left Hand Drive, Automatic, 6000 GVWR
A-Solihull, England Assy Plant
108903-Sequential Unit Number
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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