2015 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 TD XS Station WagonView vehicle description
*This Land Rover Defender is being sold in a no reserve auction*
Boy, didn’t the Willy’s Jeep rock during WWII? Well, post-war Blighty couldn’t be doing without having its own utility workhorse. Stepping up to the plate was Rover, with its take on the same theme.
And my, didn’t it do well. The SI featured an unbreakable steel box-section chassis, riding on leaf springs, clothed in alloy body panels, with a 1.6-litre engine and a four-speed transfer box transmission.
Right from the off it became the British Isles’ old faithful: backbone of the British army, aid organisations and the landed gentry’s agricultural tour de force. It didn’t take long for the secret to get out, and pretty soon its rugged go-anywhere persona had conquered the world.
It evolved steadily and continuously over the years, with the last vehicle (in Defender form) rolling off the production line in January 2016. That’s 68 years for the venerable old beast.
The vehicles produced in this century bore little resemblance – save for the underlying design principles – to the original, with austere fittings having long given way to a world of every mod con conceivable.
The first owner of this vehicle certainly had fun perusing the options list and ticking it to their heart was pretty bloomin’ content. That’s because it is absolutely loaded to the gunwales, and then some.
You want lights? We have lights – in fact, we also have LED lights and it’d be difficult, if not nigh impossible, to mount any more on this Defender’s body. Bull bar? Tick. Air intake snorkel? Yes, of course. Will sir/madam be traversing difficult and unpredictable terrain? Let’s add a sump-guard, then. And if you should come upon someone in need of help, then a WARN ZEON 10-S winch system is a must… That’s just a taster, as there’s much, much more.
This lovely Defender’s included V5 document shows that it was first registered on January 30, 2015. It’s had two owners from new and has covered just 8948 miles in that time. It had its second MOT test on July 7 this year, and the earliest it can be presented for its next is June 8, 2020.
Also present in the history file (and in the photographic gallery, below) is a printout of the vehicle’s online service history. This shows that Charles Hurst Land Rover of Belfast sold it new (and carried its pre-delivery inspection and service). It subsequently found its way to the mainland with its next service carried out by Keith Gott, Hampshire (at 4001 miles). And the following year by Harwoods Land Rover, Basingstoke, (at 5613 miles).
The Defender is located at The Market headquarters in Abingdon, so as with all our lots we recommend hitting the ‘contact seller’ button to arrange a viewing and test ride.
On the Outside
This short-wheelbase Defender is fitted with a Station Wagon body finished in Fuji White with a black roof. It still presents pretty pristinely with very few marks to the finish. It’s fitted with door rails and steps, and endowed with a multitude of body- and bumper-mounted checker plate step panels. If we’re being picky, we'd be tempted to touch up the few small areas where the matt black paint has worn on a couple of these – oh and on the nearside mirror mounting bracket, but that’s about it……
Up front you’ll find the aforementioned winch and bull bar, and all driving lights (including the side indicators) have protective guards fitted. The combination of sump guard and snorkel air intake makes it a true go-anywhere beast.
Added to all of the above are five-spoke alloy wheels (virtually as good as new), mud flaps at each corner, handrails on both rear flanks, a tow-bar and enough front and rear mounted LEDs to light the surface of the moon, should you so desire.
On the Inside
The cabin is very smartly finished with part-leather seats, which are heated up front, and alcantara headlining. There’s an electrical cut-off switch mounted just behind the central storage box.
Both rear seats can be fully folded and stowed to the side of the cabin in order to provide extra storage space. The black carpet front and rear remains in excellent condition. There’s also an Alpine sound system fitted.
As you would imagine, having been used so little, the whole cabin is presented in amazingly fresh condition throughout, with no ugly signs of wear or tear.
With such limited mileage covered it should come as no surprise that this (new-ish) old girl still drives absolutely beautifully. It’s classic Land Rover Defender in how it delivers its wares, but with all the mod cons available at the time.
The 2.2 diesel engine is a capable and uber torquey workhorse, and with a six-speed gearbox it’s relatively refined (compared to ye Landies of old) on a motorway cruise. The ABS endowed brakes remain sharp, and the vendor assures us that its off-road legs (traction control, locking centre differential et al) are just as impressive as our impeccable test drive on her Maj’s highway.
Lift the bonnet and it’s still very tidy indeed. On the underside there’s a touch of dirt here and there, and a smidgeon of minor surface rust in a couple of places, but nothing of a worrying nature. It’s obviously seen some action, but is still in pretty fresh condition.
If the next owner wished they could tidy it up a little, but the reality is that it’s absolutely ready to go and be used in anger. Whether that’s on a farm, in the mountains or just as a high-tech weekend hack, that’s up to the next owner.
With a 50-, 40- or 30-year old classic car it’s nice to have a plethora of information, all held in a history file brimming with everything you need to know about it. Of course, that isn’t always the case; in fact sometimes you take a punt on a car that come with relatively little information.
It is of course entirely different if the vehicle in question is still relatively young in years, and this 90 XS TD is still only four years off the production line. As such, there’s not a great deal in its history file.
You do get the current V5 document and MOT test certificate, as well as a printout of the Land Rover’s online service history. Fair dinkum for a Landie that’s not long out of the factory.
Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to the very highest standard.
What We Think
Oh, we do love it when old school meets new. Can you imagine the reactions of the purveyors and users of the original 1948 Land Rover if they ever saw (via time-travel) this example? Neither can we. I mean explaining LED lights is one thing, but Alcantara…
The new Defender is now among us, and the jury it appears still undecided on how, or even whether, to welcome it. The good news is that we’re not too far past the final production point for the old beast, so plenty of low-mileage, examples can be had if still requires an original to whet your 4x4 whistle.
This is one such Defender and not only that it has quite possibly every extra available at the time of purchase fitted. Of course having turned its wheels, depreciation has naturally played its part and that’s great news for the next owner as we think this top-spec example will sell for between £32k and £38k.
Given that it’s being sold in a no-reserve auction it could go for even less than that, and in that case it’d be the steal of the century.
Viewing is always encouraged, and as stated this car is located at our Abingdon headquarters; to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
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