Have you been searching for your one and only true love...Land Rover Defender, for quite some time now? If you haven't noticed, they're usually quite expensive and often have rusted frames or less desirable engines. This might just be the one for you. It's a 1983 Land Rover 110 (the name Defender came later) that has been fitted with a 200tdi engine, and an LT-77 5-speed gearbox. Now, it's by no means perfect, the frame, though rust free, has been repaired in the past, and the interior will need some work if you so desire. If the claim of 72,000 original miles is correct, this vehicle undoubtedly has a long life ahead of it—especially if someone was willing to put a little bit of elbow grease into it.
It's the perfect vehicle to take off on an overland trek with, while it's not the Station Wagon that is considered a little bit more desirable, the utility models such as this offer additional benefit. With no rear windows, you're allowing additional security, and the option to more effectively build-out the inside of the vehicle to your travel specification. A nice set of cabinets and a sleeping platform and this vehicle would be even more ready to go!
With an asking price of $13,000 or best offer, we're thinking it's one of the best value 110's we've seen yet.
Here's what the seller has to say about the vehicle:
I have an 83 Land Rover 110 vanside with a 200tdi and lt77 with the 1.6 tcase, meaning this thing will pull a house but likes to run about 65 or less due to rpm's. The chassis has had some repairs but is very solid and has zero rust issues and also has a great bulkhead with no rust issues at all. Doors are in great shape and floors are rust free as well. Exterior is straight with the exception of some minor dings but in true farm fashion it has been brush painted. With a small amount of body work and some fresh paint, this would be a sharp and very solid original 110. Interior is clean with 3 front seats in very good condition but has no rear seats currently and no headliner. The tdi is sweet as a nut and starts right up, transmission shifts well and truck will flat go with the low tcase. Steering box is tight and brakes straight and true. Odometer is showing 72k which was told to be true although I can't verify, but it is very believable. If you have any questions or want more pics please feel free to shoot me an email and I will help however I can.
This truck drives better than some 30k trucks I have owned and has zero rust issues. Its a super solid and great example of a 110 and you will be hard pressed to find a better example for less than 15k. Soft top option available for an additional cost...
I also have a link to a ton of pictures not shown that I can email you.
Listing shows it as a 1980 due to ebay not recognizing the vin but the truck is a 1983.