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This is the real deal: a limited edition 1993 North-American Spec (NAS) Defender 110, number 251 of 500. You can
decide for yourself what it's worth, but the fact is, it's the only Defender on the planet that has this number
plate. I carried on
the project from the original owner, who had fitted the 110 with a factory-new-from-crate engine -- the highly
desirable 300 Tdi, along with a new R380 transmission. The 300 Tdi engine is sought after because it puts out good
power, is extremely reliable, and there are no computer chips involved; it's an outstanding utility-vehicle engine.
When tuned correctly it provides very good highway performance, so this Defender can actually maintain highway
speeds going up-hill. The truck has about 10, 000 miles on it since the new engine was installed ("about" because
the previous owner didn't keep great records; I am going on the word from his mechanic who basically curated the
vehicle). Note; the engine was replaced because the previous owner didn't like the anemic factory engine, and
wanted a more robust, reliable Land Rover. There was never anything wrong with the original 110; he just decided
to take it where he wanted to. [Note, the title report below shows 4 owners, but if you look at it, it says
"estimated" 4 owners. In fact, the guy I got it from was the original purchaser, from the dealer. He just moved a
few times, hence the various registrations].
The truck spent 1993-2012 in the dry part of California - on the east side of the Sierras, and has been in Boise,
Idaho since then. It is very clean and sound, without typical Defender corrosion, and it has never seen salt. All
frame components, bulkhead, etc. appear to be perfectly sound. I put the truck through a full cosmetic restoration
/ conversion to expedition-ready Land Rover a couple of years ago, and have driven it about 1, 000 miles since then.
We didn't do a frame-off restoration because frankly it didn't need one --the truck is in excellent condition, and
I wanted to leave as many of the original parts in service as possible. I saw a picture of a 110 with this paint
job, and decided that I wanted to go for that look. People tell us it's beautiful; most like the metallic gray
better than the original white. We took the truck completely apart, short of removing the engine, for the paint
job and new interior installation. It's painted right, with the only thing still-in-white being the walls of the
engine compartment. But the truck is not crazy-don't-touch-it concourse clean. It was meant to be driven on
wilderness adventures, and we approached its cosmetics with that in mind. Although we've taken care of it, and
have been careful with it, it has 4 or 5 very minor "pings", and a few cosmetic blemishes in the clear coat. It
has a scrape on the front bull-bar that doesn't go through the paint. The wheels are in good but not perfect
shape, but they look very good.
The Defender has a number of unique details and features:
It is fitted with an auxiliary fuel system, with beautifully crafted custom long-range fuel tanks fitted
between the outriggers. The tanks are made of heavy-gauge steel, built to withstand impact from rocks (but just to
be clear, this truck has never been dragged over rocks). In the pics you can see the auxiliary system's second
fuel filling tube on the right side of the vehicle. Total fuel capacity is around 60+ gallons. The way it works
is really cool -- when driving along, when your tank nears empty, you simply turn on a switch for a transfer fuel
pump, and watch your main tank's fuel level go back to full. I haven't checked mileage in a while but 300 Tdi's
can get in the mid-to-high 20s per gallon (I've found that mileage varies depending on how you have the diesel pump
rigged). But even if you're only making 20 mpg, the truck has an un-refueled range of at least 1200 miles, which
is pretty cool if you're going to remote places. [Note: I haven't checked the capacity of the fuel system by
draining it and refilling it, so the 60 gallons quoted is a conservative estimate. I think it may actually be
closer to 70 gallons Fitted with an ARB bumper and brush guard.