1998 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 TD5 - $26,500

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1998 Land Rover
condition: good
drive: fwd
fuel: diesel
odometer: 10000
paint color: blue
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: offroad

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Make: Land Rover
Model:Defender 110
Year: 1996
Reg No: VVE482
Engine: 2.5 litre TD5 Diesel
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Colour: Caledonian Blue
Steering Side: LHD

The Car

Originally registered in Europe and built on 14th October 1998, this Defender was delivered by Rover Group Ltd to BMW Krasta Auto in Vilnius, Lithuania. BMW had acquired Rover Group Ltd in 1994, leading many BMW dealer franchises across mainland Europe to obtain the selling rights for Land Rover vehicles. Contrary to a common misconception, the all-new electronically controlled five-cylinder turbo diesel TD5 was exclusively a Rover in-house design, debuting a few years after BMW's acquisition.

The Defender has been in the possession of its two owners since 1998 and has been in storage since 2018. Its last EU technical inspection took place in October 2018 before being placed in storage. A Car Vertical check reveals four digital records of past technical inspections on the following dates and mileages:

2012-10 at 139,798 mi

2014-10 at 144,811 mi

2016-09 at 146,808 mi

2018-10 at 151,349 mi

The Car Vertical report, available to interested bidders, shows no financial encumbrances, history of mileage discrepancies, or accident damage. Finished in the desirable Caledonian Blue LRC 507, complemented by a Denim Twill interior, the vehicle remains in a very original and unaltered condition – a rarity in today’s Defender market. It sports a set of factory steel wheels with a matching set of Goodrich All-Terrain tires.

Despite its age, the bodywork of this Defender is in very good condition. The front wings exhibit no major dents, except for the typical dipped wing tops. The bonnet and front bumper are also in good, straight condition. The rear wings are in good condition, particularly behind the rear wheel arches, where checker plate additions are often seen. The rear arches still wear their first factory paint, indicated by the non-painted aluminum solid rivets. While the front and second door skins are generally in good condition, they do have some smaller dents. The doorframes have corrosion and would benefit from repair or replacement. The rear door, in particular, requires replacement. The passenger footwell has held up well, with only faint surface corrosion, while the driver's side is more deteriorated and needs a replacement footwell section. The aluminum floors and seatbox are in extraordinary condition, having avoided galvanic corrosion. The rear tub and rear floor are also in good condition, with minimal galvanic corrosion around the second-row floor seat frame mounts.

Externally, the bulkhead is in good condition around the air vents and hinges, but there is visible corrosion on the football section, a common weak spot due to surface water thrown up by the wheels.

The front ¾ of the chassis is in good original condition with the chassis number clearly still visible on the front right chassis leg. The date stampings ‘98’ for the year of the chassis manufacture are also still clearly visible on the outriggers. However, the rear crossmember is significantly corroded and needs complete replacement. Previously plated and repaired to a poor standard, this would need removal, with a long extension TD5 crossmember fitted. We can carry out this replacement for the buyer at an additional cost.

Mechanically, the vehicle starts, runs and drives, and stops. With all gears functioning properly, as well as the High-Low transfer box. However, it hasn't been in regular use since 2018, resulting in a lapsed technical inspection. The vehicle would need going through before it is to be used on the roads again.

After driving a few miles, it's noted that the steering is vague and the ball joints have perished. While the brakes work and there are no seized calipers, the pedal feels spongy. And whilst it’s not a big job, the shock absorbers are in need of replacement.

In our opinion, we would replace the rear crossmember first and install a new driver’s footwell. We would go through the brakes, steering and suspension, ensuring the vehicle performs well and is roadworthy. We would then repair the front four door frames, retaining the original door skins, and fit a new rear door.

The vehicle is being sold in its current condition, but we can accommodate any remedial work or improvements that potential buyers may require, including replacement of the rear crossmember and driver’s footwell. Excluding the aforementioned, this Defender is an ideal candidate for a weekend project. In relative terms, only a short list of works is required to get it into a driver-ready state. However, as is common with Defenders, the possibilities for customization are limitless.

The vehicle comes with its European registration document, Heritage Certificate, and a clean Car Vertical report.

Delivery & Paperwork

This Defender is currently located in Europe, we can offer shipping and all necessary import procedures to the USA for $3850. This would include shipping to Port of Baltimore along with export / import clearance along with terminal handling charges at destination port. Currently the following tariffs apply for US importation of a passenger vehicles:

- Bond Fee - Single Entry 1.3515% of Vehicle Value, Import Duty and HMF / MFP

- Import Duty and HMF / MFP at 2.9714% of Vehicle Value

We can arrange insurance coverage for your vehicle during shipping to provide you with peace of mind. We offer All-risk insurance at a rate of 2.2% of the vehicle value. Please note that this insurance policy has a deductible (excess) of $1250 and a minimum premium of $125. Our insurance is arranged through Abbott and Bramwell Insurance Brokers and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc, ensuring reliable coverage for your vehicle.

For a detailed quotation regarding the above please inquire directly, and we will promptly provide the information you need.

Upon completion of the sale you will receive the foreign registration document and Bill of Sale, accompanied by a Heritage Certificate.

Additionally if the buyer chooses our shipping and import services they will also receive the following essential import documents for the US will be supplied, including:

- Department of Transportation (DOT) Declaration

- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Declaration

- Stamped CBP 7501 Entry Summary

These documents are crucial for obtaining a title from your state DMV. If needed, we can connect buyers with a title agency service in your state to assist with the title arrangement. Feel free to contact us for further assistance.

For additional information and answers to common queries regarding shipping and purchase, you can refer to our Shipping and Purchase FAQs on our website, Samuellloydco, accessible through the FAQ page.

History of the Land Rover

The Land Rover Series range, originating in 1948, evolved into the Defender model, officially launched in 1983 and concluding its continuous run in January 2016 after an impressive 67-year history. Initially inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep post-World War II, Land Rovers gained widespread longevity, with a claim in 1992 that 70% of all vehicles ever manufactured were still in use. Throughout its production span, the Defender and Series ranges maintained a distinctive international presence, being exported, manufactured, and produced under license by various companies in diverse markets. These markets included Australia, Southern and North Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Pakistan, Malaysia, and more.

In a strategic move to tap into the US market, Land Rover entered the North American scene in 1993, following the successful introduction of the Range Rover brand in 1987. This move aimed to provide a sophisticated alternative to the Jeep Wrangler, catering to adventurous buyers. However, economic challenges led Land Rover to withdraw from the North American and Canadian markets in 1997. The Defenders offered in the US during the 90s underwent significant modifications compared to those destined for Land Rover's other export markets. Subsequent amendments to federal safety regulations ultimately compelled Land Rover to entirely remove the Defender from the US market in 1997. Consequently, the company redirected its focus towards the production of upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models, built from the ground up.

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