SOLD 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 - 200TDI


Location: Yorkshire, England

Chassis: SALLDVAF8LA933857

Engine: 2.5 200TDI

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual 

Mileage: 163,978 Miles

Colour: Santorini Black | Black with White Diamond Stitching

Left Hand Drive




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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 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 200TDI was first registered on 28/01/1994 in the French Caribbean colony of Martinique. Owned by a French official during his post on the island. The vehicle was later repatriated to mainland France in 2005. On the vehicles returned the owner took the opportunity to give the vehicle a whole new personality. This involved a comprehensive cosmetic refurbishment to finish the vehicle in Land Rover's new era Santorini Black. Additionally the vehicle has been fitted with, Halo style LED headlights, LED side lights, indicators and brake lights, SXV alloys, KBX H-force air vents, Colour coded wing mirrors, rear cross member and front bumper and KBX front grille and light surround, Fire and Ice side steps, Chrome gear knobs. There is also a reverse camera and Double dim touch screen radio. Diamond stitched leather bucket seats and an upgraded matching cubby box Complete Interior upgrades.

The first owner subsequently spent several years navigating the Parisian streets In this newfound urban stealth Defender. I'm certain that a all-black urban streat spec Defender wasn't a thing when this vehicle was navigating the vibrant colonial Caribbean streets of Fort-de-France in the 90's.

However here we have it, an ex Caribbean, very last year 200 TDI. That wouldn't look out of place on Miami's Ocean Drive or cruising the streets of Brooklyn.


The vehicle is complemented by a comprehensive history dating back to 2009 covering regular maintenance of the Defender and many of the modifications you see. The invoices detail both the refurbishment that took place in 2013 and other routine maintenance. Total amount held on file totals €9,759.90.



There are 4 seats, 2 bucket seats and 2 rear single fold down seats which allows for additional load space. The bucket seats are diamond stitched with a matching cubby box. There are removable black carpets throughout.


All panels are straight with no dents and scratches.


The paint is Santorini Black however was originally delivered from Solihull in Alpine White. The paintwork has been done to a high standard but unfortunately there are some signs of paint reaction to some of the aluminium body work. This has caused some bubbling. Galvanic reaction Is unfortunately common with defenders due to the use of both aluminium and steel in close proximity to one another. Signs of this can be seen on the door tops and bottoms, which is common weak spot.


All windows and windshield are chip free and intact. There is an aftermarket window tint on all windows except the front windshield which compliments the black design package on the Land Rover. There is a slight tear in one of the tints from contact with a sharp object, and the front right passenger window has a line running down it from were the internals of the door that have caught the tint film.


It has five SVX diamond cut wheels on Michelin Latitude road terrain tyres. All tyres are in good condition with lots of tread. No bulges and cuts. All of the wheels have 'white worm'. This is caused by the slightlist stone chips or curbing which breaks the lacquer seal and moisture can ingress. There is no curbing on the wheels, the finish is still smooth with no rough spots. Ideally they'll need refurbishing to present in factory fresh condition.


The drive is phenomenal. It has huge power and really is a gem of 200Tdi engine. It runs through all gears smoothly and sits comfortably at a high speed.


The engine is a factory 200Tdi 11L model. They were produced from 1991-1994 and although the 300 TDI is more refined, and a advance iteration, It actually carries less power than the 200 TDI. Making a 200 TDI a really great model that shouldn't be overlooked. Servicing and maintenance is very similar to the 300TDI. The 200 TDI was also extensively used, Not only on the Defender but in the Range Rover Classic and Discovery range. Thus making knowledge, expertise and parts redly available


The LT77 Gearbox runs and shifts easily, with high and low diff locks working fine.

Maintenance Overview

It's most recent service was on 9/02/2019 at 168,895 miles. This included an oil change and replacing oil, fuel and air filters.

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Other Thoughts

The vehicle is fully US import compliant.

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