Lot 307 - 1987 Land Rover 110 Defender
|Odometer reading||129,841 km|
|Result||Sold - £5,376|
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. Before the war, Rover had produced luxury cars which ceased to be in demand in the immediate post-war period and raw materials were strictly rationed to those companies building construction or industrial equipment. Rover's original factory in Coventry had also been bombed, forcing the company to move into a huge factory it had built in Solihull for constructing aircraft. Re-badged models were introduced in 1983 as the Land Rover 90 and the Land Rover 110 with the numbers representing the wheelbase in inches. Recently Land Rover has announced the demise of the Defender with production scheduled to end on December 2015, after a continuous production run of 67 years.
This Land Rover has been the property of the British Ministry of Defence and was first put into service on 23rd July 1987. The initial plan was to have the 110's for 20 years; this was then changed to 30 years although the cars were to receive an upgrade termed 'Project Tithonus'. This particular Defender has been upgraded and is being sold some three to four years since the modifications. The upgrade includes a fully integrated roll over cage, later seats, 'Wolf' style hardtop, front disc brakes, new tyres to name a few. As with most military vehicles, they are well looked after mechanically and this 2.5 litre diesel engine example is no exception. It has also been refurbished cosmetically and given the age, condition, mileage and taking into account this Defender is offered at 'no reserve', could well prove to be a bargain. The necessary paperwork will be supplied to register the vehicle.
Interested parties should note that vat, charged at 20%, will be levied upon the final hammer price of this lot.