The Land Rover Defender initially was introduced as the Land Rover 110 / One Ten (wheel base of 110 inches) and in 1984 joined by the Land Rover 90 / Ninety (wheel base of 90 inches). The 110 and 90 were developed in the 1980s from the original Land Rover series which was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948. Following the 1989 introduction of the Land Rover Discovery, the term ‘Land Rover’ became the name of a broader marque, and thus no longer worked as the name of a specific model. Therefore Land Rover renamed the 90 and 110 as Defender 90 and Defender 110 respectively.
The vehicle, a British equivalent of the Second World War derived (Willys) Jeep, gained a worldwide reputation for ruggedness and versatility. Using a steel ladder chassis and an aluminium alloy bodywork, the Land Rover originally used detuned versions of Rover engines.
Though the Defender was not a new generation design, it incorporated significant changes, compared to the series Land Rovers, such as adopting coil springs front and rear, as opposed to all leaf springs on the previous; except for retaining rear leaf springs on high capacity (payload) models. Coil springs offered both better ride quality and improved axle articulation. Adding a lockable centre differential to the transfer case, gave the Defender permanent (on-road) four-wheel-drive capability. Both changes derived from the Range Rover. Interiors were modernised too. While the engine was carried over from the Series III, a new series of modern and more powerful engines was progressively introduced.
This Trident Green Landrover 90 was delivered January 27th 1987 to its first Belgian owner. The first owner was the owner of “De Bron van Spa” and used the car to hunt on his domain. Because the chassis of Defenders out of this era were not protected against rust, the car was taken apart some years ago by the second owner to have the chassis galvanised.
Perhaps the coolest feature of this open top 90 is its matching numbers 3,5 litre V8 engine, which is ultra rare!
Besides the original service book, the car also comes with the original order form, the Belgian certificate of conformity, its manuals, its mileage history and many more.