For much of the 1970s and 1980s, North America’s exposure to Land Rover was their high-end luxury Range Rovers. Finally, by the early ’90s, some of their more utility and rugged versions came to our shores in limited quantities known as NAS or North American Specification. Specifically, a total of 5,540 Defender ‘90s (D90) over 3-years (1994, 1995, and 1997) were outfitted for our market. Specifically, only 3,039 manuals (1994 and 1995) and 2,501 automatics (1997 only).
This Defender 90 was built in November of 1996 and sold new on February 10th, 1997, by a Land Rover dealer in Colorado. Standard equipment for these NAS D90s included a cubby box with Clarion AM/FM CD, 2-drink holders, swing-away tire carrier, and rubber floor mats. Furthermore, this example was optioned with air conditioning.
The first owner kept this D90 for nearly a decade with multiple service entries on the Carfax® report. It was then sold to the next owner in Pennsylvania on February 5th, 2007 with 68,600 miles. This owner kept the truck for another 6-years and added 32k miles. During that time, it went into the dealer 11 times for routine services, which included the muffler/exhaust system being replaced and regular oil changes. It was then sold to the next owner in Hemet, California on May 13th, 2013 with just over 102k miles. This owner refreshed the bumpers and upgraded all the exterior lights to LED units. He kept the D90 for a little over 3–years before it was sold to the current Orange County owner on August 22nd, 2016 with around 120k miles.
The current owner is a long-time auto enthusiast who has joined us with his vintage Porsches and Alfa Romeos on fun rallies/tours. He had always wanted a Defender to do some light overlanding with friends and when this one became available locally, he jumped at the opportunity. He was looking for a good solid example that he could have fun modifying and enjoying. He primarily used West Coast Rovers in Costa Mesa, California for help. Over the last 5-years and 27k-miles, he’s invested over $20k into services and upgrades. Highlights of the work performed include:
- Regular oil services
- Upgrades (9/16 @ 121k miles)
- Old Man Emu Suspension/shocks & springs
- Rovers North exhaust snorkel
- Upgraded solid steel side rockers
- Upgraded tire swing arm
- Steel off-road wheels from Rovers North (RVS 8LSystem)
- Disassemble transfer case, inspect, clean, and reseal (12/16 @ 127,554 miles)
- New windshield, gear selector solenoid, install muffler (12/16)
- Starter motor, repair wiper motor, turn signals, hazard lights (1/17 @ 128,215 miles)
- Water pump, radiator flush, drive belts, balance drive shaft (3/17 @ 128,853 miles)
- Major mechanical work (11/17 @ 134,603 miles)
- Fan clutch, alternator
- Upgrade to steel oil cooler hoses
- Oil pan gasket
- Valve cover gaskets
- Rear sway bar bushings
- Clean air flow meter
- Front and rear brakes, front brake lines, alignment (1/18 @ 135,133 miles)
- Idle air control valve (1/18 @ 135,436 miles)
- Replace broken drive shaft (1/19 @ 140,236 miles)
- Manifold gaskets and service A/C system/low pressure hoses (8/19 @ 140,237 miles)
- Routine service and repair misc. interior parts (10/20 @ 140,238 miles)
- Service heater/blower lever assemblies (2/21 @140,240 miles)
- New correct NAS catalytic converters (2)/smog vehicle (7/21 @ 146,246 miles)
Further upgrades include a complete custom interior including Alcantara wrapped on all plastic parts, upgraded dash mounted stereo unit, JW speakers, custom seat covers with plaid inserts and Momo steering wheel.
Over the last few years, this owner has had a couple of minor mishaps. Carfax® notes them as “minor damage.” In 2018, while driving on the freeway, he ran over a tire that cracked something on the drive shaft plate/cover. Insurance replaced the entire assembly. Then, in April of 2020, this owner’s wife backed into a concrete pillar at their home. She hit the left rear corner. They had Romance with Rust in Orange, CA, completely disassemble the back end of the truck and replacing everything with factory parts. At the same time they repaired some minor surface rust on the rear door/hatch. The Carfax® also notes a minor mileage discrepancy in December of 2011 where a dealer missed entering the mileage by 5k miles.
The exterior of this D90 is quite good considering the age and miles. It’s clear that it has always been well maintained, garaged, and never neglected. It appears to have spent most of its life as a daily driver and less of an off-road excursion vehicle. The paint is in good condition and much of it is still original. There is a slight difference in shade between the recently painted back end of the vehicle and the front as well as some flaking of the paint on the recently repaired section. Romance for Rust said they would fix that area at no charge once they got past Pebble Beach weekend. There are some typical light signs of use with a few chips and nicks here and there, but nothing significant. The panels are straight and the gaps are good. The glass is mostly original with the exception of the recently replaced windshield. There are no significant chips or scratches on the glass. All the exterior lights work and are much brighter and useful thanks to the LED upgrades. The upgraded off-road steel wheels give the Defender a good look and are quite functional. They are wearing BF Goodrich tires that were installed in 2015 and have about 30k miles on them. There appears to be plenty of tread remaining. The brakes were refreshed 10k miles ago and appear to have 9mm left on the front and 5mm on the rear.
The interior has recently been custom upgraded by the current owner. He used a lot of Alcantara to help cover up the cheap plastic interior bits. It’s pretty much everywhere except the seat and door inserts. There he used a unique fabric tartan pattern, which is carried throughout the vehicle on accent parts as well as on the rear bench area seating/storage boxes. The interior is in very good condition, since it’s been refurbished in the last few years. There are no tears, stains, or strange odors. The headliner doesn’t sag. The dash has zero cracks. All the gauges appear to work. The digital odometer sometimes fades in and out. Also, the dash mounted stereo isn’t hard mounted and can pull out easily. There is a back-up camera installed but it doesn’t seem to work. The A/C system has been serviced over the years and we just had it leak tested and charged. It’s updated to R134 and blows very cold. The clock, interior lights, and horn all work.
Registration is current to February of 2022 and it passes California’s strict smog/emissions testing.
This Defender 90 comes with 1-key, a recent service outline, original grey steering wheel, and original headlights.
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