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1985 Land Rover Defender 90 90

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This imported 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 has covered just 1,155 miles since being restored by the Land Rover specialists at Osprey Custom Cars of Castle Hayne, North Carolina. Obtained by Osprey as a basket case just over a year ago, this Defender now packs a 300-horsepower GM-sourced V8 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a refined interior on par with modern luxury Rovers. It is being offered on consignment with a clean North Carolina title and additional restoration documentation.

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This 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 has been extensively modified with a luxury off-road aesthetic, starting with a Kahn Design Wide Track arch kit flanked by powdercoated 16” Land Rover Sawtooth wheels wrapped in Achilles A/T tires. All exterior lights have been converted to LED including the headlights and taillights. A skid plate is visible below the KBX Signature grille, and the fenders and rockers are clad with black diamond plating. The one-year-old Beluga Black paint bears no notable signs of wear. Inside, the cabin space is far departed from a stock 1985 Land Rover Defender 90. Luxury appointments abound, with a full-length Alcantara headliner, wide panoramic sunroof, and custom upholstered seats drawing immediate attention. The dashboard has been reorganized thanks to a Ministry of Defender Puma kit incorporating black VDO gauges, a double DIN infotainment center with a backup camera and navigation, and functional heating and air conditioning systems. The digital odometer reflects that 1,555 miles have been covered since the restoration.


Under the hood lies a 5.3-liter LC9 V8, a GM-sourced aluminum engine rated at 315 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque in stock form. Power is delivered through a GM 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel drive system with a center locking differential. Performance upgrades include a Griffin aluminum radiator, short air intake, and improved front and rear disc brakes. Every system was either refreshed or upgraded during the restoration process. Extended details of this Defender 90’s restoration are available upon request.

At a Glance: 1985 Land Rover Defender 90

This luxury Defender was just restored by a renowned Rover specialist – it’s ready for car shows, trail duty, or anything in between.

Exterior –

Beluga Black (painted 1 year ago)

Kahn Design Wide Track arch kit

KBX Signature grille

Custom side steps with rubber step pads

16” Land Rover Sawtooth aluminum wheels (powdercoated)

Achilles Desert Hawk tires (265/75R16)

Full size spare

LED headlights

LED taillights

LED markers

LED signals

Interior –

Custom upholstered front bucket seats

Forward-facing rear jump seats

Charcoal gray Alcantara headliner

Custom panoramic rear sunroof

Ministry of Defender Puma dashboard conversion with VDO gauges

Ministry of Defender heating and air conditioning

Infotainment screen with navigation and backup camera

Momo steering wheel

Driveline –

5.3L V8 engine (GM LC9) (315hp / 335 lb-ft)

6-speed automatic transmission (GM 6L80E)

Full-time four-wheel drive

Center locking differential

Front and rear disc brakes

Griffin aluminum radiator


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