1998 Land Rover Defender V8 50th Anniversary Edition

Highly desirable and collectible UK market 4.0 V8 auto 50th Anniversary model; recent £11,000+ restorative spend

Supplied new in August 1998 in Atlantis Blue (a flip blue/green colour) with grey cloth, this very smart Defender 90 County model is the 50th Anniversary Edition, specifically No. 225 of the UK allocation and features the 190bhp 3.9 litre Rover V8 mated to four speed automatic transmission. Boasting manual windows, air conditioning, sunroof, heated rear window, 4x folding rear seats, tow bar, side steps, external and internal Safety devices roll bar for front occupants and checker plating it’s got proper road presence and rugged attitude.

Starting promptly and running as it should as we manoeuvred it around for these images it looks every bit as good underneath as it does atop. Given the recent £7,364 spend on mechanical works in October 2020 and complete re-spray in December 2020 at a cost of £3,600 this comes as no surprise! This mammoth amount covers a complete engine rebuild and replacement rear chassis and new outriggers. As part of these works, the rear shockers were replaced along with new rear discs and pads, an old LPG system was removed, new fuel pipes and fuel tank guard were fitted, the oils for front and rear axles and transfer box were replaced, new anti-roll bar bushes and front bumper installed, rear brake pipes repaired, new front callipers, discs and pads fitted, major service, new coil pack, HT leads, AC condenser, radiator, AC pipes and a re-gas were also carried out. A further £302 was then spent in December 2020 on a full underbody protection with Buzzweld War underbody paint – evident from a look underneath, where it all looks ship-shape and impressive. In addition to these invoices on file, we see the V5C showing just 4 previous keepers to the last of some 16 years and current MOT valid until October 2021 with just 2 minor advisories recorded for fraying seat belt edges – not uncommon given this 90 has covered 140,157 miles – a walk in the park for these things, indeed demonstrating just how usable they are even when some 23 years old now.

One of just 1071 produced for the global market, and only 385 UK market examples it is, as such, undoubtedly a rare beast and now highly collectible. Given this, their values have continued to climb and look to continue to do so as the American collector market comes calling when they hit 25 years old in 2023 we see them now infrequently. An exciting opportunity for sure and given its in such sweet condition we expect the bidding to be competitive.

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Reg No: S892BGT
Chassis Number: SALLDVBM3WA154352
Engine Number: 31G00061A
Engine Size: 3947
Docs: V5C; MOT October 2021 with 2 advisories; invoices

Estimate: £28,000+

Lot 34

Lot ended

Thursday 18/02/2021

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

Not Sold

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