SOLD 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 - 200TDI


Location: Yorkshire, England

Chassis: SALLDVAF8LA933857

Engine: 2.5 200TDI

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual 

Mileage: 163,978 Miles

Colour: Santorini Black | Black with White Diamond Stitching

Left Hand Drive




History of the Land Rover

The Land Rover Series range was launched in 1948 and the model, now known as the Defender, was launched in 1983 and the continuous run finished in January 2016, after 67 years. Land Rovers were inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep immediately after the war and by 1992 they claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they had ever built were still in use. The Defender and Series ranges have had unique international presence throughout the production run, having been exported, manufactured and produced under licence by a number of other manufacturers in a variety of markets, to include Australia, Southern and North Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Pakistan and Malaysia, to name just a few.  In 1993 Land Rover decided to take the plunge into the US market after their successful launch of the Range Rover brand in 1987 in order to offer an upmarket alternative to the Jeep Wrangler targeted at adventurous buyers. Land Rover finally had to retract their offering from the North American and Canadian markets in 1997 due to economic viability. The Defenders offered in the US during the 90’s had to be significantly modified in comparison to Land Rover’s other export markets. Subsequent federal safety regulation amendments finally withdrew the Defender from the US market entirely in 1997, with Land Rover throwing their attention towards upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models that were being built from the ground up.

The Car

This 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 200TDI was first registered on 28/01/1994 in the French Caribbean colony of Martinique. Owned by a French official during his post on the island. The vehicle was later repatriated to mainland France in 2005. On the vehicles returned the owner took the opportunity to give the vehicle a whole new personality. This involved a comprehensive cosmetic refurbishment to finish the vehicle in Land Rover's new era Santorini Black. Additionally the vehicle has been fitted with, Halo style LED headlights, LED side lights, indicators and brake lights, SXV alloys, KBX H-force air vents, Colour coded wing mirrors, rear cross member and front bumper and KBX front grille and light surround, Fire and Ice side steps, Chrome gear knobs. There is also a reverse camera and Double dim touch screen radio. Diamond stitched leather bucket seats and an upgraded matching cubby box Complete Interior upgrades.

The first owner subsequently spent several years navigating the Parisian streets In this newfound urban stealth Defender. I'm certain that a all-black urban streat spec Defender wasn't a thing when this vehicle was navigating the vibrant colonial Caribbean streets of Fort-de-France in the 90's.

However here we have it, an ex Caribbean, very last year 200 TDI. That wouldn't look out of place on Miami's Ocean Drive or cruising the streets of Brooklyn.




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