Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Land Rover 90/110/Defender...

LET'S OFF ROAD!



But seriously...


Well, hello ladies. You look like you've got everything under control...


On the eighth day, God created the Land Rover, or at least that's how it feels. It really has been there forever, a reliable, tough and very British solution to getting anywhere you like via the medium of wheels, torque and grip. Say "off roader" and people think of the Landy, it's the benchmark, the original and quite frankly, the daddy of traversing mud and rocks of any size. Oh, and you can get one for under £2000, too.

This isn't like the other cars we've featured, because quite frankly it's no big secret that you can get them for under the hallowed £2000 budget. But still, we wanted to celebrate the grandfather of green-laning because we love it. The fact we get to include more pictures of pretty ladies up to their bottoms in mud is a mere fringe benefit. Ahem.


Er, that's not gone well, has it?


We shouldn't have asked those two to help us, as they're showing the Landy in a bad light. Shame on you, girls. The truth is that the Land Rover is one of the most capable cars out there, which is a good thing as that's about the only feather in its hat.


Water? Pah I drive througlug, splutter, glug...


Now by saying the Landy's hat is mono-feathered isn't a dig, quite the opposite in fact. All the Landy is built for is driving where others can't. It's not like a contemporary 4X4; filled with leather, air-con and seats which both warm and massage your buttocks while you drive down the M42. No, this ia proper bit fo kit and that's why we love it. Even if it does offer less refinement than this on the inside...


A Land Rover's interior. Possibly


Engine wise there's all kind of options. Earlier version has 2 1/4 petrols as well as a fairly agricultural diesel. Later versions had the TD5 found in the Discovery (though your £2000 probably won't stretch that far). For us though (and in the true spirit of Not £2 Grand) we'd opt for one fitted with a Rover V8, just because, well, we don't ever need to justify a V8.

The Land Rover 90/110/Defender also came in a variation of shapes and sizes. There were long and short wheelbase versions, pick ups, open tops, chassis cabs and vans. There really is a Land Rover for every job, it's such a versatile bit of kit.


One for the ladies. PHWAAAR!


However, there's a caveat. Land Rovers for this kind of money will be old. They're still as popular as ever, keeping prices high the market busy. Your £2000 will probably get you a late '80s example, but a well cared for one...


Hmmm, old. Old but good, damn good in fact


...and in all honesty this is the price range you want to start in. There's no such thing as a cheap Land Rover - they don't exist. There are, however, Land Rovers which cost significantly less than £2000...initially. You'll soon spend more though, forcing you to sell your wife, your underpants and your dog. In that order. Here's an example of such a vehicle...


BACK AWAY. DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE!


In conclusion, the Land Rover 90/110/Defender is a rugged, charming and purposeful vehicle. It's not flash, it's not for taking the kids to school and it won't blend in on Chelsea's high street. You can, however, paint it with a brush, change the aluminium panels with rivets, re-cover the seats with Duck Tape and drive it over Wales without getting stuck. It's a proper 4x4. If you tried to put 22s on one of these, you'd be shot in the face. Much like the rappers who roll around in those pathetic pseudo 4x4s in L.A tend to be.

It's an icon, it's tough and it's British - get one bought!

Oh, but before we go, let's cut back to the girls...





...hmmm, if you do buy one, it may be prudent to avoid lending it to these two.