1998 Land Rover Defender

50th anniversary

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1998
  • Mileage 
    44 000 mi / 70 812 km
  • Car type 
    Station Wagon
  • Engine number 
    31G00001A
  • Sunroof
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Atlantis Blue
  • Interior colour 
    Grey
  • Number of doors 
    3
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    4wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THE FIRST BUILT Pre-Production Defender 50th Anniversary V8 Automatic.

Defender 50th with engine number 0001 (31G00001A). 31G signifies this engine as ‘Defender 50th’ spec. This 90 transpired to be the vehicle from the 2 batch of prototypes (pre-production build phase); built around 3 months earlier than the first ‘production’ VIN.

The first batch of prototype 50th vehicles were painted BRG (and one in yellow) as ‘Atlantis Blue’ hadn’t yet been mastered by Design’s colour and trim team. All these vehicles were scrapped as unsalable, and all had Japan spec engine numbers (starting 30G NOT 31G like the production cars).

This is the first of the second batch of 4 prototypes (2 UK, 1 German and 1 Japan spec), and the first vehicle painted Atlantis Blue. These vehicles were not numbered as production – but did have plaques made for them (but never fitted) with the ‘number’ XX-X on the interior and XXX-X on the exterior.

Spec wise, it is correct as a production 50th – with the following exceptions:
- Under bonnet fuse box bracket is prototype.
- Engine ECU cover is prototype (and not white as production cars)
- No aluminium transfer knob or window winders (there were a late change for production)
- No grey leather auto gear shifter (again, a late change for production)

It even has the correct early ‘square cut out mudflap’ for the exhaust, not rounded off like the later items.

Interestingly, it wasn’t released to sales until May 1998 – around 3/4 months after it was built, and wasn’t registered by Land Rover until 2 years later on a V Prefix registration.
One of the 2 UK cars from this build phase were used as the brochure photo shoot car, so we strongly believe it is that car.

This car has just undergone an comprehensive restoration, including engine blueprint, retaining originality as built.

Please call for further info.