Lot 158 - 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 custom convertible
|Odometer reading||22,000 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
The Land Rover Defender was launched in 1948 and, incredibly, production only finished in January 2016 after a continuous run of 67 years. Outwardly, there is little to distinguish the post-1983 vehicles from the Series III Land Rover. A full-length bonnet, revised grille, plus the fitting of wheel arch extensions to cover wider-track axles are the most noticeable changes. Internally, coil springs offered a more comfortable ride and a permanent four-wheel drive system derived from the Range Rover featuring a two-speed transfer gearbox with a lockable centre differential. A modernised interior and a new series of progressively more powerful and modern engine characterised things under the skin.
In August 2011, Land Rover announced an update of the Defender for the 2012 model year. By this time, Land Rover publicly acknowledged that it was working on a project to produce an all-new replacement for the Defender with a potential engine change. However, Ford decided, due to cost reasons, not to modify the engine introduced in 2007 but replace it with the ZSD-422 engine, essentially a 2.2-litre variant of the same engine. The only other change was the reintroduction of the soft top body style to the general market. This had been a popular option for the Land Rover Series but by the introduction of the Defender had been relegated to special order and military buyers only. Land Rover stated that the option was being brought back due to customer feedback. The last Defender, a soft-top '90' rolled off the Solihull production line at 9:22 on Friday 29 January 2016.
The BBC reports that the Defender's replacement is due to launch in 2018/2019 so the model has been gradually rising in both popularity and value. This 2013 Defender 90 120ps has the six speed manual gearbox and was a demonstrator with just one owner since. Specified and designed to a unique Heritage style in Land Rover Tamar Blue with Old English White, this example has a raft of extras and modifications including 19'' Matt boosts alloy wheels, a leather Momo steering wheel and heated HUE seats. Currently configured to a seven seat, the six or seven seat option with the original Heritage centre box is available should the buyer desires. The 90 has also been wax-oiled with a two year warranty and had a recent service. Offered with a full service history, two keys and book packs, an alarm system and MoT test certificate until March 2018, this is a very desirable convertible Land Rover 90, ideal for the summer and great as a go anywhere vehicle offering the ultimate in urban cool.