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Saturday, 26 May 2018
2001 Land Rover Defender 90 Td5 - Well Specced Hard Top
Sellers Comments - 3 Door Van | 2001 | Y Registered | 98,240 Miles | 2.5l 5cyl Turbo Diesel | 5-Speed Manual | Rutland Red with Black/Grey Interior | Good Service History | MoT’d until 26th Feb 2019
2001 Hard Top ‘County’ model. 2,495cc 5cyl turbo diesel engine, mated to a 5-speed R380 gearbox. ‘Alive’ remap. Allisport Intercooler. EGR blanked. Centre silencer delete. Vented disc brakes. ‘Zu’ five spoke alloy wheels with 255/85R16 BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tyres. Sun roof. LED lighting including roof lights front, back and sides. Safari Snorkel. Chequer plate protection. ‘Tomb Raider’ side steps. Underbody protection. A-Bar. Dixon Bate tow pack. Remote jump start terminal. Heated front screen. Adjustable cloth Recaro bucket seats with removable bases. Rear locking stowage box. Acoustic carpeting throughout. Raptor dash binnacle. Undersealed. Recently serviced. MoT until Feb 2019. The vehicle comes with two sets of keys plus a file containing old MoTs and receipts of work and parts carried out.
The Land Rover ‘One Ten’ was launched in 1983, and the ‘Ninety’ was launched shortly afterwards in 1984. In 1990, to avoid confusion with the then new ‘Discovery’, the two utility models were renamed ‘Defender’ with ‘110’ and ‘90’ designations respectively which carried on until the end of production in 2016. In 1998, the Td5 came along replacing the Tdi series engines, and was long lived until 2007.
This particular 90, affectionately known as ‘Clifford’ (as in the Big Red…) is a Hard Top model finished in stunning Rutland Red. This model offers the practicality of a van whilst still being a capable everyday vehicle. It certainly isn’t your typical dirty, neglected example having been well looked after over the years with many new parts and upgrades to make it a more enjoyable vehicle to drive.
The Landy drives nice and tight, and the Td5 engine fires up willingly as well as pulling very strongly, easily driving at modern road speeds with plenty of grunt in reserve thanks to the power upgrades. The gearbox, high and low gears, difflock and clutch all work perfectly, and the uprated brakes work strongly bringing it up to a stop nice and straight. The large BFG mud terrain tyres all have plenty of tread and are in good condition, and will get the Land Rover pretty much anywhere!
Underneath, the chassis is completely solid and has been well looked after receiving good undersealing inside and out, which protects it from the winter grime and salt. The bulkhead and footwells are excellent with no corrosion present. The body work is straight with excellent paintwork, there is the very odd small chip and light scratches from usage.
The interior is great, with Recaro cloth bucket seats, which are adjustable and have removable bases to access the seat box compartments. There is also a large, lockable cubby box in the front, and an even larger locking full-width compartment in the back with a gas strut – suitable for stowing tools, every day gubbins or even as a gun safe if you are into shooting. The rear panel work is lined out with carpeting, making it a comfortable place to be.
Everything works as it should, including the surround external lighting. A nice Raptor dash binnacle provides a housing for the Pioneer audio head unit, plus additional switches for the lights, heated screen and a slot for a CB radio if you wish to add one (the wiring is ready present). There is also a mount and external plug for a rotating warning beacon if you require one.
The odometer reads 98,238 miles, which we believe to be correct. Complementing the vehicle is a folder containing two sets of keys and various old MoTs and receipts for parts and work carried out. The original tower jack is in the vehicle. The vehicle is MoT’d until 26th Feb next year.
This Land Rover is ready to be used, enjoyed and put to work on a multitude of tasks, whether it be on the farm, building site, shoot, towing heavy trailers or just as a winter backup vehicle! If you have any other accessories and changes required on the vehicle, just get in touch!