SOLD 1988 Land Rover 110 - 2.5TD


Location: Yorkshire, England

Chassis: SALLDHMB8EA332544

Engine: 2.5TD 19J Diesel

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual 

Mileage: 234,803 Miles

Colour:  Grey | Grey Twill Cloth Interior

Left Hand Drive


History of the Land Rover

The Land Rover Series range was launched in 1948 and the model, now known as the Defender, was launched in 1983 and the continuous run finished in January 2016, after 67 years. Land Rovers were inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep immediately after the war and by 1992 they claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they had ever built were still in use. The Defender and Series ranges have had unique international presence throughout the production run, having been exported, manufactured and produced under licence by a number of other manufacturers in a variety of markets, to include Australia, Southern and North Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Pakistan and Malaysia, to name just a few.  In 1993 Land Rover decided to take the plunge into the US market after their successful launch of the Range Rover brand in 1987 in order to offer an upmarket alternative to the Jeep Wrangler targeted at adventurous buyers. Land Rover finally had to retract their offering from the North American and Canadian markets in 1997 due to economic viability. The Defenders offered in the US during the 90’s had to be significantly modified in comparison to Land Rover’s other export markets. Subsequent federal safety regulation amendments finally withdrew the Defender from the US market entirely in 1997, with Land Rover throwing their attention towards upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models that were being built from the ground up.

The Car

This 1988 Land Rover 110 is a extremely original example having been first registered in Saint-Benin-d'Azy, France to a Madam Ericsson Lundel On 17th July 1988. The vehicle has a original Land Rover bill of sale in Madame’s name dated 10th May 1988 175,900 French francs equivalent at the time to €26,815. The vehicle is an export built 110 from the Solihull England factory. Its was repatriated by ourselves back to the UK in June 2019 from its second owner who acquired the vehicle in early 2017. Thus representing an extremely unique opportunity to own a two owner documented Land Rover 110.  


The car comes with a French export title and a Certificate of Declaration de cession that specifies the date and details of when the vehicle is deregistered from French circulation. Accompanying the car is a comprehensive 50 page thick file of invoices dating from 1990 to 2018.

Summary of remedial maintenance and servicing:

On file we have bills from 21/03/1990 to 28/12/1999 that illustrates a variety of servicing and mechanical repairs for a sum of 58,431 French francs equivalent to €8907.74

We also have bills between 2002 and 2003 when France began using euros for a sum of €1173.07

There is then further bills between 2006 and 2014 still under the same ownership for a sum of €1344.58

Alongside these maintenance bills we also have the variety of newer De Controle Technique that shows the car passing technical controls between 2016 and present. The previous owners have also held onto a variety of insurance certificates and transfer of ownership documents that uniquely gives this car complete title chain from new in 1988. There is also a selection of handwritten notes, A French Michelin roadmap for Leon from the 90s and of course the vehicles Land Rover 90/110 user manual.

Overall is a truly impressive array of provenance that includes the original bill of sale not often accompanied with a car of this age.



The interior is very original. With the majority of trim functioning and intact. To include door cards headlining see trim and matting. It should be noted that there is what looks to be an aftermarket or dealer accessory sunroof, which hsd been silicon closed and is not functional. 


The exterior of the car is very original condition with all panels possessing original paint and decals with the exception of the left hand side rear quarter behind the wheel arch the looks been repainted at some point in the past. It’s evident by mild paint lip against the decal. Underneath presents fantastically and it’s evident that the vehicle has never been under sealed which is quite the testament to the condition of the chassis and outriggers which show only no signs of surface corrosion on the ladder of the chassis. There is mild surface corrosion in more obscure locations such as towards the rear crossmember and outriggers however not notable.

There is a selection of oxidisation of the paint finish, most notably in places like the bottom of the door skins. It would be advisable to either leave the vehicle as is and or possibly clearcoat to preserve the finish or repaint.

The glass presents well with no chips or cracks to the front windscreen or any notable damage to other windows. The majority of window rubbers and seals are in good condition. with no notable perishing or cracking.  



The engine bay houses the 19J 2.5 turbo diesel inline 4 engine. Which has received substantial engine work in 1995 at a sum of F23,500 French francs and has had more recent engine work for €1700 last year. However the problem still prevails, and we would recommend either a complete engine rebuild or to fit a later 200 TDI unit.

Gear Box

Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox - changes freely in all gears however reverse we believe has a synchromesh issue and has to be held in otherwise it slips from reverse to neutral. 

Mechanical Overview

Mechanically the vehicles in good condition with no notable perishing of bushings, the brakes and clutch all operate correctly.  The power steering is light responsive and there’s no evidence of it needing steering box rebuilt or excess play.  The condition of suspension components and ball joints, steering bushings all look to have been revised  during the original owners stewardship.

Other thoughts

The vehicle is fully US import compliant.

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