Lot 224 - 1998 Land Rover Wolf 90 Soft-Top
|Odometer reading||75,000 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
Built specifically for the Ministry of Defence, it is understood that only approximately 8,000 Defender Wolf's were made and a large number of those would have been hard tops and/or the 110 variety or lefthand drive. This righthand drive soft top or full tilt example is particularly rare. Sources suggest the upgrades to the standard defender put the Wolf price to the MoD at around £40,000 in 1997-1998.
Upgrades included a 2" ride height increase due to heavy duty suspension design whilst the chassis on this Heavy Duty is said to be eight times stronger than standard and fitted with a heavy duty roll cage, prop-shaft protection between chassis and hub and heavy duty bumpers. The vehicle also features sealed headlights with breather pipes to top of windscreen, 113bhp, 300TDi engine with no electronics except fuel pump solenoid, rust proofed chassis from new, gearbox cooling system, reinforced front bulkhead, rails and sills, reinforced Salisbury rear axle and standard reinforced front axle and uprated diffs, 80 litre reinforced fuel tank, very tough and heavy duty Wolf wheels, convoy light system with a light illuminating the white painted rear differential, NATO towing hitch, 24v electrical system plus 24v generator and side mounted spare wheel to name but a few modifications. A few Wolf Defenders have been decommissioned by the forces and are now in civilian hands but are quite rare especially ones that have not suffered damage and are in excellent condition.
This Land Rover is in excellent condition and has been well maintained firstly by the Ministry of Defence and subsequently by the current vendor. Described as 'driving as it should' these robust utility vehicles are great fun, whether you want to pop to the shops or across a field. Recent work carried out includes a new timing belt and all the MoT test certificates are present since the vehicle left the military; a V5C registration document is also supplied. With the Land Rover Defender now out of production, values of these great 4x4's look set to increase; this Wolf 90 Soft-Top is certainly one to consider.
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