The Land Rover, one of the most influential and much-loved British vehicles of all time, was launched in 1948 and remained in production with much the same basic specification until 1983 when the Series 3 109 inch was replaced by a new One-Ten model (110 inch wheelbase). The traditional Land Rover body shape remained but coil springs, introduced in the new Range Rover, replaced the long-lived leaf spring suspension, and the four cylinder engines were fitted with an all-synchromesh five speed gearbox. In 1984 the coil spring Ninety (with a wheelbase just short of 93 inches) fitted with a four cylinder engine was introduced. A V8-powered version appeared the following year and in 1986 a new 85bhp, 2495cc turbo-diesel engine became available. In 1990 the Ninety and One-Ten range was renamed Defender 90, 110 and 130.
Not surprisingly the new Land Rovers proved popular for military use and UK Ministry of Defence records show that this vehicle entered service on 25 February 1987, painted Army/NATO green, with military registration 32KG90. After being disposed of by the MOD it moved onto Civvy Street, DVLA records showing it as being first registered in April 2013 with the mark D543PRH, although it still carries some communications equipment fitted in its military days.
Powered by the lusty 2495cc diesel engine this long wheelbase Land Rover with utility bodywork is capable of carrying ten people plus luggage, and passenger entertainment is provided by a face-off stereo fitted with large speakers. Mileage is believed to be around 93,000 and with recent expenditure of £585, and some previous restoration, the Land Rover is now described as driving very well, with engine, chassis and tyres described as being in good condition, and body, paintwork, interior, transmission and electrics all 'ok'. A UK V5 accompanies the Land Rover, which is MOT and road tax exempt. This characterful vehicle is bound to provide its new keeper with loads of fun, both on and off the road.