LONDON, England - The 'ultimate' Land Rover Defender will be up for auction in the UK on August 29 .
Land Rover aficionados will be very familiar with the 90 and 110 Land Rovers launched in 1983 and morphed into the Defender. A desirable derivative in the range was the station-wagon version with 12 seats and a 3.5 V8 engine. It also had a few interior upgrades.
This unique and bespoke example, estimated at between R375 000 and R403 000, was first registered in January 1984 making it one of the earliest. It has rare sliding windows, flush door releases and the ultra-rare seat box-mounted high/low-range gear-shifter.
Very few of this specification are believed to have left the Lode Lane, Solihull, factory and it's possible that this 110 was a pre-production or even a media car.
The car was the subject of a painstaking 10-year restoration by a body-shop specialist who wanted to create one of the finest driving 110 Station Wagons in the world. It now combines originality with performance enhancements.
It is underpinned by a galvanised chassis and powered by a new Rover 3.5-litre V8. All of its mechanical parts have been replaced or overhauled.
SAME HUE AS A ROLLS-ROYCE
The bodywork has been painted the same hue as a Rolls-Royce - Nutmeg Brown - to reflect the restorer’s desire for perfection with the rare and correct 'county stripes' have been applied exactly as on the orginal.
The seats have been re-trimmed in cloth similar to that of an early 1980's Land Rover but the original headlining has been retained. The car has only covered 160km since restoration.
The sale of the car comes as the final Defender rolls of the production line later in 2015, ending 67 years of production at the Solihull plant.
'ULTIMATE LANDY?': This rare 1984 Land Rover Defender Station Wagon will be auctioned in August 2015. Image: Newspress