FULLY RHINO LINED OUTSIDE, SUEDE INSERTS ON SEATS, POWDERCOATED BLACK WHEELS
If you really need to go to the deepest, darkest parts of the world, there aren't many vehicles more capable than this 1997 Land Rover Defender 90. Taking all they'd learned about off-roading over the past seven decades and cramming it into a truck-shaped box, Land Rover built a truck they knew most Americans wouldn't understand, let alone buy. But if you're one of the lucky few, then you know that there really is no place this white Defender can't go.
You've seen the shape on the plains of Africa, the swamps of South America, and slogging across the tundra in Antarctica – just about the only place it doesn't belong is on pavement. However, that's a big part of its appeal, because this is one butch truck. NOBODY kicks sand in the Defender's face, and especially not after the makeover this one received. The white Rhino Liner "paint" is just one of the cool features, designed to repel scratches and nicks off-road, it also gives it an industrial-strength look that's outrageously appealing. The aluminum bodywork is light but strong, and all those right angles and sharp corners were designed to make it easy to service in the field. All the windows are for great views and the external roll cage is just plain awesome. Add in some fender flares, a rear-mounted spare tire, and a quartet of flamethrower spotlights atop the windshield header and you have a truck that's ready for just about anything. Of course, it's so clean that looking good is probably the only challenge it's ever faced, because this truck sure doesn't look like it's been brutalized on the trail.
The interior is remarkably civilized, with great-looking black and white buckets for the front seat occupants and a set of folding chairs in back, safari-style. The entire interior has been sprayed with spray-on bedliner material, so it's durable and maintenance-free, and the guys at Land Rover clearly know a thing or two about making things functional. There's a meaty steering wheel, big, bolg gauges, simple controls for the HVAC, and plenty of storage cubbies for your gear. The wide center console houses the essentials for off-roading, including the shifters for the transmission and transfer case. And, of course, being destined for American shores, things like A/C, a powerful AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo in the center console, and white suede inserts are included.
Power comes from Land Rover's long-running 4.0-liter V8, which itself was derived from Buick's all-alloy V8 dating back to the '60s. Reliable and torquey, it service the Defender quite well and with proven durability in the most remote areas of the globe, you should have no worries about getting to your destination. It's been properly maintained and remains quite stock save for a K&N air filter in the high-mounted snorkel designed to allow fording of 3-foot-deep water. The alternator's also mounted up high for the same reason, but the cleanliness of the engine bay suggests that it's never seen anything wetter than a car wash. The 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and 2-speed transfer case permit decent highway cruising and low-speed crawling with equal success, and the suspension was designed to crawl over boulders the size of Volkswagens without damage. Handsome 20-inch wheels have been powdercoated black and wear 275/55/20 Nitto Terra Grappler off-road radials.
Go anywhere, do anything, and do it in style and comfort, that's the Land Rover way. This is a very impressive machine, even if you never set tire off pavement. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Anti-Lock Brakes
- CD Player
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Four Wheel Drive
- Fuel Injection
- Leather Seats
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- iPod Compatible
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