Sold 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 300 TDI LHD - US Exportable




Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Chassis: SALLDVBF8VA115485

Registration No: ETH408 (LT)

Engine: 2.5 litre TDI Diesel

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual

Mileage: 185,380 Miles

Colour: Green

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 a unique international presence throughout the production run, having been exported, manufactured, and produced under license by a number of other manufacturers in a variety of markets, including 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 1997 Land Rover 90 300TDI presents a great opportunity for anyone looking to make their first jump into Defender Ownership. Built-in October 1997 and first registered in Italy. The vehicle is accompanied by a British Motor Museum Heritage Certificate which confirms it's a matching numbers vehicle and was built to export market specification at the Solihull England factory. The vehicle benefits from the following recent maintenance work: Replacement new rear cross member galvanized door hinges with stainless steel bolts, replacement door seals, rebuilt brake calipers, new discs, and pads, placement of deteriorated brake lines, Overhaul of lights and electrics, new rear suspension shocks, and a steering box rebuild. The vehicle has received a full engine service of oil and filters. Cosmetically the vehicle benefits from a re-trimmed black vinyl interior and replacement center cubby box. In conclusion, a great vehicle for anyone looking for a driver-ready entry-level Defender who benefits from recent work. For any questions, please call or text +19049906967. 




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