Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Project 4X4: 1987 Land Rover Defender 90

Not every car is universally loved (you can probably find people who don't like Corvettes, for instance) but there are some cars that everyone respects the people who drive them on a regular basis.  Like the C3 Corvette, an Alfa Romeo Giulia, or a Land Rover Defender.  It might not have the sexy curves or a crazy price tag, but it has character in spades.  Find this 1987 Land Rover Defender 90 offered for $13,900 near St Louis, MO via craigslist. Tip from Tinyfrogs.

In 1983 Land Rover released a 4X4 off-road utility vehicle known as the One Ten and the following year they released the Ninety -- each was named after it's wheelbase in inches.  A few years later, the truck was officially renamed the Defender as it was joined in the Land Rover lineup by the Discovery, but in continued to be the same rock hopper it had always been.

Today's example is a right-hand-drive model imported from somewhere (UK?) with a 3.5 liter Rover V8 under the hood.  The weathered original paint still looks liveable, but it does need a few items replaced, including the bumpers, and grill.

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  1. That's (possibly) a bargain. So why hasn't it sold in the past month (or longer)? I speculate that it's one of the following reasons:

    1) Most buyers don't want to deal with RHD in the US.
    2) There isn't as much of an off-road/Land Rover market in the middle of the country.
    3) There is more rust that can't be seen or some undisclosed mechanical issue.
    4) Most D90 owners don't use these off road and are looking for the pristine versions to prance around town in. Almost every D90 I've seen has never touched dirt. Same goes for MB G-wagens.

    If there really aren't any hidden "gotchas" on this one, it would be worth paying the shipping cost from STL to either coast. The market is strong enough (in California at least) to make good money on this after a little attention. These usually pull $35K-$50K around these parts, depending on mileage and condition. You could be all in on this one for $20K and have plenty of upside when you decide to sell.

  2. Fleetwood T. BroughamSeptember 21, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Not so sure about the bargain part.....While not saturated, the market is starting to get pretty full with these RHD versions that have been imported under the 25 year rule by people trying to make a quick buck. Just here in middle TN, I can usually find 2 or 3 nice versions (much nicer than this one) on CL at any given time in the mid-upper teens.


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