1996 Defender 90 300 Tdi - in Vermont - $44,000.00

vtlandrover

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An unexpected Defender opportunity has come across my email... I'm only able to pursue if I sell one of my current Defenders and darnit, wouldn't this one be a 90 as well. Anyone unfamiliar with me, please understand that I am a very longtime and committed Land Rover community member. In the past 32 years, I've owned 25 Rovers that I can think of, from as old as 1957 to as new as 2022. I don't misrepresent and I am not in it for a buck or a flip. While I live in northern Vermont, enough brushes with tetanus have taught me to: (1) buy rust-free (2) park in storage from October through May 1st and (3) get as close to original as possible.

The history of my ownership can be seen through a seach of my handle... bought from Forest in 2021, this is an ex-electrical service vehicle from northern Italy. Rust-free, with a couple of small oxidation spots in the right wing and rear tub. I've totally transformed this low-mile (65,000 original miles) 300Tdi into a comfortable, reliable, and usable Land Rover. Work performed includes, but not limited to:

Full servicing at the 4x4 Center, to include fluids, timing belt, and wheel/tire mounting/installation
New clutch (R380 transmission)

All new parts (except roll cage) were sourced from Rovers North, including:

New Puma front shocks
New Puma rear shocks
New tailgate (color-matched Alpine White)
New tailgate seals
New tailgate hardware
New tailgate rubber mat
New receiver hitch
New trailer wiring harness
New steel wheels
New-take-off Wrangler 235/85/16 tires
New seatbelts
New Safety Devices full roll cage
New (professionally installed) bulkhead delete kit
New Ex-Moor Khaki canvas soft top
Used galvanized rock sliders (original lower skits included in sale)
New miscellany (rear view mirror; dash trim pieces; hardware)
Used, excellent grey vinyl front seats
Used rear bench seats

NOT included in the same price, but available additionally:

Brand new bottom-cushion-flip-up Scheel-Mann Sportline Defender seats in black/grey MB Rodeo with optional (1) seat heaters; (2) seatback release mechanisms and (3) folding armrests ($5,300.00 new; sell for $4,800.00 installed)
Rovers North original front bumper with Husky 10,000 winch with synthetic line ($3,500.00)
Brand new leather Defender steering wheel with center - backordered for a long time ($900.00 new; $800.00 installed)

Serious inquiries, kindly ask ANY questions, request ANY additional photos, Facetime or video, whatever... just ask. I can certainly send referrals for the last several Land Rovers I've sold, which include a 10,000 original mile 200Tdi Hi Cap, a 19,000 original mile 1994 NAS90 POE, and a 30,000 original mile 1994 NAS90 soft top all through defendersource.

Realistically priced (below amount invested) and best of all... ready to be enjoyed today. I'd have no hesitancy (in fact I will be) driving 7-hours to ANARC if no sale by mid-June. Thanks!
 

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Z.G

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Super nice 90 having seen it in person a few times, and well taken care of.
 

ionfender

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An unexpected Defender opportunity has come across my email... I'm only able to pursue if I sell one of my current Defenders and darnit, wouldn't this one be a 90 as well. Anyone unfamiliar with me, please understand that I am a very longtime and committed Land Rover community member. In the past 32 years, I've owned 25 Rovers that I can think of, from as old as 1957 to as new as 2022. I don't misrepresent and I am not in it for a buck or a flip. While I live in northern Vermont, enough brushes with tetanus have taught me to: (1) buy rust-free (2) park in storage from October through May 1st and (3) get as close to original as possible.

The history of my ownership can be seen through a seach of my handle... bought from Forest in 2021, this is an ex-electrical service vehicle from northern Italy. Rust-free, with a couple of small oxidation spots in the right wing and rear tub. I've totally transformed this low-mile (65,000 original miles) 300Tdi into a comfortable, reliable, and usable Land Rover. Work performed includes, but not limited to:

Full servicing at the 4x4 Center, to include fluids, timing belt, and wheel/tire mounting/installation
New clutch (R380 transmission)

All new parts (except roll cage) were sourced from Rovers North, including:

New Puma front shocks
New Puma rear shocks
New tailgate (color-matched Alpine White)
New tailgate seals
New tailgate hardware
New tailgate rubber mat
New receiver hitch
New trailer wiring harness
New steel wheels
New-take-off Wrangler 235/85/16 tires
New seatbelts
New Safety Devices full roll cage
New (professionally installed) bulkhead delete kit
New Ex-Moor Khaki canvas soft top
Used galvanized rock sliders (original lower skits included in sale)
New miscellany (rear view mirror; dash trim pieces; hardware)
Used, excellent grey vinyl front seats
Used rear bench seats

NOT included in the same price, but available additionally:

Brand new bottom-cushion-flip-up Scheel-Mann Sportline Defender seats in black/grey MB Rodeo with optional (1) seat heaters; (2) seatback release mechanisms and (3) folding armrests ($5,300.00 new; sell for $4,800.00 installed)
Rovers North original front bumper with Husky 10,000 winch with synthetic line ($3,500.00)
Brand new leather Defender steering wheel with center - backordered for a long time ($900.00 new; $800.00 installed)

Serious inquiries, kindly ask ANY questions, request ANY additional photos, Facetime or video, whatever... just ask. I can certainly send referrals for the last several Land Rovers I've sold, which include a 10,000 original mile 200Tdi Hi Cap, a 19,000 original mile 1994 NAS90 POE, and a 30,000 original mile 1994 NAS90 soft top all through defendersource.

Realistically priced (below amount invested) and best of all... ready to be enjoyed today. I'd have no hesitancy (in fact I will be) driving 7-hours to ANARC if no sale by mid-June. Thanks!
Beautiful!! I need the beat up version of this truck with paint that is already pinstriped.
 

vtlandrover

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I plan to take a thousand pictures once the sun comes out... I just took the Defender out of winter storage and it's been day after day of rain. In the interim, this one captures the condition pretty well of 90 - as you can see from the crossmember and body, it has no corrosion, rust, or rot. I'd put the body at a B+ as it has plenty of minor bumps and bruises, but is original paint and zero bondo/bodywork. Honestly that's part of the allure to me - a Defender I can be proud of, but still use as intended. Unlike the garage queen 1986 110 in the background, which is, at best, a mall crawler.

Please note: I practice what I preach... it was an interminable 4-5 weeks last fall, waiting for the Exmoor top to "cure" in place. It can now be rolled up and used without concern that it'll shrink. All hardware and ropes are properly located and strung... unlike the dogleg photos in BaT listings (you know, where the rear seats have the support bases sticking out). I kind of cringe at the way I see some softtops mounted by "restoration shops."
 

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vtlandrover

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Also, I've been asked to show off the Scheel-Mann seats.

The first two are pre-bulkhead removal... I knew in my heart that it'd be a little tight for my 6'+ frame to fit, but wanted to be sure before cutting out the bulkhead. After removing the seats, I took the bulkhead kit to a well-regarded fabrication shop and had them modify it so that there'd be more rigidity by securing the "W" bar to the bottom of the roll cage with one bracket. It also made for a much cleaner and less cluttered installation.
 

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vtlandrover

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Full disclosure: the 110 has two "fake" features... yes, there is a tropical roof skin, but no interior vents like your 109". Also, the galvanized cappings that run down the rear doors are add-ons because I could not source a good set of half-doors. Much like the hood scoop on my Tacoma Sport that did nothing, I am a little sheepish over these details. :)

I suppose, technically three... there's a catflap/tailgate on the 110 as well that is Series-in-nature. I know of no 110 factory-fitted with that feature.

Of all of my Land Rovers, my Mom's favorite was my NADA 109" in Pastel Green... after she passed away, I wanted to honor her memory and the great times we had together in Land Rovers. I'm able to accept the lack of functionality of the top in favor of the aesthetic of that particular Rover. It just rolled over 12,000 original miles.

Thanks for noticing! Your 109" remains one of my all-time favorites.
 

blueboy

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Full disclosure: the 110 has two "fake" features... yes, there is a tropical roof skin, but no interior vents like your 109". Also, the galvanized cappings that run down the rear doors are add-ons because I could not source a good set of half-doors. Much like the hood scoop on my Tacoma Sport that did nothing, I am a little sheepish over these details. :)

I suppose, technically three... there's a catflap/tailgate on the 110 as well that is Series-in-nature. I know of no 110 factory-fitted with that feature.

Of all of my Land Rovers, my Mom's favorite was my NADA 109" in Pastel Green... after she passed away, I wanted to honor her memory and the great times we had together in Land Rovers. I'm able to accept the lack of functionality of the top in favor of the aesthetic of that particular Rover. It just rolled over 12,000 original miles.

Thanks for noticing! Your 109" remains one of my all-time favorites.
Agree with your Mom. And a really nice tribute to her. My favorite Rover was our ‘67 NADA 109 SW that ECR restored. Like many others over time should not have sold. Yet life throws curves.
Your 110 is really nice as is the 90 for sale.
Again GLWS on the 90. Someone will be getting a true enthusiast’s Landy.
 
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