The Land Rover Defender holds a timeless appeal that can be traced back to its origins in the Land Rover Series 1 of 1948. Emerging in the aftermath of World War II, this British off-roader and SUV made a bold entrance as a rugged and versatile vehicle capable of conquering any terrain. The Series 1 quickly gained popularity worldwide, and in 1983, it was rebranded as the Defender, continuing its legacy until 2016. While a new iteration of the Defender emerged in 2020, the allure of the original remains unparalleled. Presented for sale today is a left-hand drive 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, with a light restoration and imported to the U.S. roughly 2 years ago by the current owner. Boasting a respectable mileage of 76,000 miles, this Defender has stood the test of time and continues to captivate enthusiasts. Enhancing its authenticity, the vehicle comes with a coveted British Heritage Certificate, solidifying its place in Land Rover's rich heritage.
This 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 showcases a striking Alpine White exterior paint that embodies its rugged spirit. As expected, this Defender is designed to venture off-road, which means it won't stay pristine for long. However, the appeal lies in its ability to proudly display its mud-splattered character. The vehicle features a refreshed front end and grille, an NAS bumper, a rear spare tire carrier, and stylish black alloy wheels. Upgraded headlamps and black accents, such as the roof uppers and wheel arch extensions, add a touch of sophistication to its adventurous demeanor. Inside the cabin, you'll find a durable interior with individual front seats and rear seats sourced from the later Puma variant of the Defender. Despite its rugged nature, this Defender offers some creature comforts, including air conditioning for a more comfortable ride. Additionally, soundproofing has been installed beneath the carpeting to minimize noise, and a new carpet kit enhances the overall aesthetic. While there is no radio or infotainment system in place, this presents an opportunity for the next fortunate owner to customize their audio experience. Whether opting for a classic push-button radio and tape unit for a vintage feel or embracing modern technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the choices are endless, allowing you to tailor the interior to your preferences.
Under the hood of this 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 resides a robust 300Tdi engine. With a displacement of 2.5 liters, this engine benefits from forced induction through a turbocharger, providing a significant power boost. Power from this turbocharged diesel engine is transferred to the wheels through a reliable five-speed manual transmission. To tackle off-road challenges and varying terrains, the Defender is equipped with a two-speed transfer case featuring a center locking differential, ensuring maximum traction when needed. The current owner has taken care of essential maintenance items, including the installation of a new clutch, which has only covered 6,000 miles. Additionally, a new battery has been fitted to ensure reliable starts and operation. To enhance the off-road capabilities and overall ride quality, Terra Forma shocks have been installed, offering improved suspension performance over rugged terrain.
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