The 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 you’re looking at has already attracted bids above the starting price of the 2023 Defender 90. Is it worth it?
This particular Defender is a left-hand drive model that was purchased by a dealer in Spain last year before being shipped to the US in early 2023. It now has a clean Oregon title and a clean Carfax report and was recently serviced. Before this facelift, the Land Rover was painted green but is now finished in a beautiful shade known as Brooklyn Metallic Gray which suits it perfectly.
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While it obviously lacks the comforts and luxuries of a modern Defender, the fact that the black top and door tops can be removed and the windscreen can be folded down transforms it into the ultimate beach cruiser. The listing adds that it also sits on 15-inch black steel wheels wrapped in 235/85 Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires.
The Defender’s cabin is dressed in brown leather with microsuede inserts. There’s also a wood floor, an electronic rearview mirror, a Marshall speaker integrated into the center console, a Pioneer head unit with Bluetooth, and two cup holders. The Nardi Torino steering wheel with wooden rim also catches the eye.
Power comes from a 2.5-liter turbodiesel inline-4 engine that produced 111 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque when new. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and there is also a dual-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential.
The highest bid at the time of this writing is $72,500 over the clock Bring the Trailer.