1997 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 300TDI

Fully restored 300Tdi turbo diesel motor mated to R380 transmission with 240,700 kms from new.

VEHICLE History

The fully restored Land Rover Defender 90 with a 300Tdi engine is a remarkable blend of classic design and modern engineering. The heart of this vehicle is its 300Tdi motor, a 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine known for its durability and efficiency. This engine is paired with a robust R380 5-speed manual transmission, providing a reliable and engaging driving experience.

The vehicle’s exterior is finished in Alpine White, a choice that accentuates its timeless design and rugged capabilities. Inside, the Defender 90 features a Techno gray cloth interior, combining comfort with practicality. This model can comfortably seat up to six passengers, making it as suitable for everyday use as it is for adventurous off-road excursions. Technical specifications include a permanent four-wheel-drive system, power steering, and coil spring suspension, ensuring superior handling and performance in various terrains. The restoration of this Land Rover Defender 90 not only maintains its iconic status but also enhances its functionality for contemporary driving needs.

exterior

The exterior of the restored Land Rover Defender 90 exhibits a comprehensive rejuvenation, highlighted by its full repaint in Alpine White. This color choice not only refreshes the vehicle’s appearance but also provides added protection against environmental factors. The bodywork has been meticulously restored, maintaining the Defender’s iconic design while enhancing its structural resilience.

In a significant upgrade, all exterior hardware has been replaced with stainless steel fittings, offering improved durability and resistance to corrosion. This change not only enhances the vehicle’s longevity but also adds to its aesthetic appeal with a modern touch. Additionally, new hinges and seals have been installed, ensuring better sealing and smoother operation of doors and windows. These updates contribute to the vehicle’s overall functionality and maintain its status as a robust and reliable off-road vehicle. 

The original 16 inch Rostyle wheels were repainted in white and wear new LT235/85 BF Goodrich KO2 tires – four at the corners and a fifth spare.

motor and transmission

The Land Rover Defender 90, equipped with the “23L” 300Tdi engine, incorporates a sophisticated drivetrain that enhances its off-road prowess. A key feature is the central locking differential, which significantly improves traction in challenging conditions by ensuring equal power distribution to both front and rear axles. This feature, combined with the two-speed transfer case, allows the driver to select between high and low gear ranges, adapting the vehicle’s performance to diverse terrains and driving situations.

The fuel economy of the 300Tdi engine is one of its standout attributes, offering efficiency uncommon in off-road vehicles of this caliber. On average, the Defender 90 with this engine achieves around 25 miles per gallon (mpg), a testament to its balanced design of power and efficiency. Additionally, the fuel tank capacity of this model is approximately 60 liters (about 15.9 gallons), providing a substantial range for extended journeys or challenging off-road adventures. These features, from the central locking differential to the fuel economy and tank capacity, underscore the Defender 90’s design as a vehicle that balances rugged capability with practical efficiency.

During the complete mechanical refurbishment in 2023 the timing belt and distributor components were replaced, a new radiator was fitted along with new hoses for the radiator and heater.  The motor oil and all fluids were replaced along with new filters.  The steering box was overhauled and refurbished.  The pit arm ball joint and steering ball joint were replaced, along with the center ball joint replaced new.  All four shocks were replaced.  The brake servo and depressor were replaced new and new pads for the rear brakes.  The clutch and its components were replaced, as well.

Current ITV vehicle emission and road safety inspection.  Starts on first turn.

interior

The interior of the Land Rover Defender 90 features a practical and durable design, with seating for six passengers upholstered in Techno gray cloth. This reupholstery provides a refreshed and comfortable environment for both driver and passengers. The cabin space is efficiently utilized to ensure ample room for all occupants, making it suitable for various uses, from daily commutes to adventurous outings.

For added durability and ease of maintenance, the vehicle includes Exmoor Trim front matting. This matting is specifically designed to withstand the rigors of both on and off-road use while maintaining a clean and neat interior appearance. The cabin’s ceiling is finished with a Masai headliner, which not only improves the interior aesthetics but also contributes to better sound insulation. These interior features, from the reupholstered seats to the specialized matting and headliner, are carefully chosen to enhance both the functionality and comfort of the Defender 90.

 

The original tool set and hi-lift jack are included.

RESTORATION

The mechanical components were comprehensively refurbished in October and November of 2023. This extensive overhaul included the replacement of critical parts such as the radiator, intercooler, all coolant hoses, alternator belt tensioner, alternator, timing belt, water pump, thermostat, brake servo, brake master cylinder, brake hoses and pipes, clutch kit assembly, clutch hose, slave cylinder, master cylinder, in addition to flywheel resurfacing, alternator belt replacement, axle swivel rebuilds, engine hoses, breathers, and more.

In November and December of 2023, the exterior underwent a meticulous restoration. This process involved the removal of engine components to clean and repaint the engine firewall, with minimal bodywork required to address imperfections. Both the interior and exterior were repainted in the classic Land Rover Alpine White. Original Royster-style steel wheels were sourced, repainted, and equipped with new BF Goodrich A/T tires, completing the vehicle’s revival with a touch of authenticity and durability.

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VIDEO – Cold Start, Walk Around, and Driving

Left Hand Drive

This Land Rover Defender 90 300Tdi like all Canary Island Rover vehicles features the steering wheel on the left side like in North America and Mainland Europe.

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This Land Rover Defender 90 300Tdi is currently available and is ready for export worldwide.

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