Saturday 5 September 2020

Land Rover Defender 90 (1987) 2.5 N/A, SAS "Dinky" Replica. Military Vehicle.

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Land Rover Defender 90 (1987)

2.5 N/A

SAS (“Dinky”) Replica

Ex-military vehicle

Available for immediate sale at £7,250.


I have been the keeper of this vehicle for 9 years. I bought it in relative youth and initially intended to use it to tow other vehicles - anybody who knows the 2.5 N/A engine knows that the lack of turbo makes them no good for this purpose. So instead I decided to make this a unique project piece and set about making it an SAS Dinky replica after having been impressed by a similar project at a show.

Engine has a remanufacture plate dated 2000 and usually when this happens the Army puts on a new speedometer. Mileage reads approx. 6,500km, so the engine is young!

This vehicle is quite a rarity, but please bear in mind that obviously this vehicle is a replica built on a standard Land Rover 90 platform.  There is still scope for cosmetic improvement and adaptations (i.e. gun mounts, side baskets etc) so suitable for someone who wants to tinker, however countless hours of labour have gone into the replication which is 95% complete.

The vehicle has been stored under cover in garage for last 5 years. Previous to this it was run fairly frequently, enjoying outings a couple of times per month and going to shows. 

I do know some information about the vehicles’ military history before I took it over – happy to tell the story I know to interested buyers.

Works Completed

Bulkhead professionally repaired

The vehicle has recently had cam belt change including new tensioner & new FIP pulley


New lift pump 

New glow plugs (c 1 year ago)

Injectors all recon’d

Under-sealed chassis with wax oil underbody seal

Full recent service

Included in sale (everything in the pictures)

Pipeline surveyers‘ tripod 

Replica bar mines

Camo nets



Sand ladders

Various pouches including equipment (S-10 respirators x 2, NBC suits x 2, binoculars)

Ammo tins x 4

Whip aerial 

Genuine British Army 1st Gulf War first aid kit

Towing strop

Copy of workshop manuals, service manuals, parts lists, blown-up schematics & wiring diagrams etc for this type of Land Rover (4 large ring-binders)

The vehicle is road registered and comes with V5 and number-plates. 

However, because the vehicle has been in storage for 3 years it is sold without MOT. 

[[ At extra cost, I also have a GPMG vehicle mount and ammunition tray which could be sold additionally ]]


The vehicle runs and drives well: I can supply videos via cloud link showing it out and about earlier this week. 

It is a little sluggish on hills – some may class it as normal with an N/A engine. Going uphill the vehicle is currently topping out at about 40mph. 

On flats power is very good. 

Outstanding Works / Improvements

* At this moment in time horn is inoperative, will be looking at this and expect very easy fix

* Fuel pump timed correctly, but may require further work at a diesel specialist to tune FIP, which I believe will improve power by getting maximum performance out of FIP

* Takes a while to start – I suspect this is from fuel returning to tank, and when cranking this brings fuel back up to FIP. Definitely no fuel leaks.

* MOT required

Reason for sale

I am letting this vehicle go in order to free up space and time for my next project, and to pass it onto someone who has more time to run it out and enjoy it. There will also be other vehicles coming up for sale in the next few months for the same reason.


Any inspection is welcome. Viewers will find the vehicle totally solid, including the bulkhead. Vehicle is stored on a farm with access to private roads, so test drive can be arranged despite lack of MOT.  Location OL10 2. I can answer any questions and will be totally upfront about all aspects of the vehicle, good and bad. This will be an honest sale of vehicle sold as seen. Cash on collection preferred.

Please note this vehicle is advertised elsewhere, and I reserve the right to withdraw it at any time. If you’re interested or have any questions, please get in touch.

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