1997 Land Rover Defender 90 300Tdi - Rioja Red County Hard Top
Land Rover Defender 90 300Tdi County Hard Top
1997 | R Registered | 2.5l 4cyl Turbo Diesel | 5-Speed Manual | Rioja Red with Black/Grey Interior and ‘Black Pack’ | LED Lighting | Fully Serviced with Cambelt | MoT’d until 5th June 2022
1997 Hard Top ‘County’ model. 2,495cc 4cyl turbo diesel engine, mated to a 5-speed R380 gearbox. EGR blanked. 5 x ‘Freestyle’ alloy wheels with NEW 265/75 R16 General Grabber AT2 tyres. LED lighting all round including daytime running lights (DRLs). Raised air intake. Full length roof rack. Chequer plate protection. Tow pack. Sun roof. Dog guard. Heated front screen. Black vinyl Exmoor Trim heated seats with cubby box. Matching rear folding bench seats with lap belts. Acoustic rubber matting throughout. Fully undersealed. Serviced with fresh fluids and filters. NEW cambelt. NEW discs, pads and calipers all round. MoT until June 2022. 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 1994, the ‘bullet proof’ 300Tdi was introduced replacing the slightly agricultural, but equally reliable 200Tdi until the all new Td5 came along in 1998.
This particular 90 is a ‘County’ Hard Top model finished in the lovely Rioja Red. Having been sold by us in 2018, the vehicle has come back for a second time now the previous owner has requirements for longer motorway journeys and forward facing rear seats. The vehicle offers the practicality of a van whilst still being a capable everyday vehicle with the ability to accommodate four rear passengers for shorter trips. It certainly isn’t your typical dirty, neglected example having been well looked after over the years with many new parts and upgrades.
Jumping into the driver’s seat, the engine fires up willingly with no untoward smoke and on the open round it pulls very strongly, easily keeping up with modern traffic with plenty of grunt in reserve. A full service along with a new cambelt means it is good to go for a good while. The gearbox, high and low gears, difflock and clutch all work perfectly. The front axle swivel housings have been replaced with all new parts, along with new brakes all round to bring the vehicle to a stop nice and straight. The new General Grabber all terrain tyres (including the spare) keep the vehicle going in the right direction on or off road, summer or winter.
Underneath, the chassis is very solid having just had some minor welding repairs carried out in the usual places; to a professional standard (including a rear crossmember in recent years) along with a new fuel tank. After a new MoT, it was undersealed with Dinitrol to protect the steelwork from further corrosion from mud, grime and winter salt, so rust is not something to worry about anytime soon. The bulkhead and footwells are good with no corrosion present. The body work is nice and straight with very good paintwork (resprayed in recent years), although there is the odd small chip and light scratch from usage, and a couple of small areas of ‘bubbling’ paint on the rear door and lower offside wing – The latter having been resprayed to protect it.
The interior is great, with Exmoor Trim ‘Diamond XS’ seats, cubby box and acoustic matting front and rear making it a comfortable place to be. The van sides have been lined with insulation, and there are a pair of black vinyl seats in the rear with lap belts ready for 4 extra passengers. Everything works as it should, including the audio system (front and rear speakers) and a very good heater (for a Defender!). A MUD-UK auxiliary dash binnacle provides a housing for the head unit, plus additional switches for heated seats, rear wash/wipe, and anything else you may wish to add. Another rocker switch is mounted to the right of the gauge cluster for the front heated screen – perfect for those icey mornings!
The odometer reads 15,652 miles, which is not correct – the reason being that the original speedometer unit failed, which was at around 107,800 miles which is backed up by the MoT history. This means that the vehicle has around 123,400 miles in total. Complementing the vehicle is a folder containing two sets of keys and various old MoTs and receipts for parts and work carried out. There is a brand new hydraulic bottle jack and wheel brace included inside the seat box compartment. The vehicle is MoT’d until 5th June 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! We can also fit additional accessories and make changes to suit your needs – get in touch to discuss your requirements!