Introduced in 1989, the Discovery was effectively a cut-price version of the hugely successful Range Rover and shared much of the chassis and drivetrain of its more upmarket sibling.
Available as either a three- or five-door with seating for five or seven, the interior was styled by the Conran Design Group and won a British Design Award in 1989. Several engines were available ranging from a 136bhp 2-litre petrol four-cylinder to a 184bhp 3.9-litre V8 with a 111bhp 2.5-litre diesel option in-between. Transmission was either 4-speed automatic or five-speed manual.
Hugely capable both on and off road, it had permanent four-wheel drive with a locking centre differential at the transfer box. In late-1998 the Disco (as it was affectionately known) was subtly reworked as the Series II with numerous detail changes including a longer rear body which increased load space but at the expense of added rear overhang which compromised off-road ability.
As time went on the vehicle got ever more complex with features like air suspension, traction control and other sophisticated electronics but while the luxury content went up, the reliability also went down.
This particular Disco 3.9 V8 is one of the last of the highly-rated Series I models, more rugged and less complex than the versions which followed. First registered in August 1995, it has had just three owners from new (the current since 1999) and has covered only 56,700 miles with no fewer than 12 service stamps to date plus a folder of maintenance invoices.
Treated to another major service shortly before the auction at a cost of some £1,200 it has an MOT until October 2017, the only advisory being a minor oil leak which has since been fixed. Said to drive as well as it looks with all the electrics working as they should, it also has ice cold air conditioning and retains all its original hand books.
Finished in sparkling green metallic with a superb tan leather interior, it wears its 22 years exceptionally well and is one of the nicest examples we have ever offered.