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Landrover Defender – A Tradition Made Modern

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					The Land Rover has become a respectable pedigreed marque that is instantly
recognizable as one of the most popular, reliable and exceptionally versatile all-terrain
vehicle long before the H1 Hummer or those SUVs came along.

What started out in 1948 as a British version of the World War II vintage Jeep from
Willys has evolved into a fully-functional utility vehicle that respects no treacherous
land surfaces, creating a world-wide following first in the military but soon extended
into the farms and expeditions from the Antarctica to the safaris of Africa, the
outbacks of Australia and the rainforests of South America.

By the early 90s, the look and styling of the Land Rover has matured into the
Landrover Defender with its unmistakable front radiator, squarish sharp-edged
windshield frame and generally boxy appeal that had been emulated by many brands
like the SUVs from Mercedes-Benz and the one-off SUV from Lamborghini.

A Bit of History Repeating

Never tinker with a successful product. That's basically the philosophy behind the
Land Rover successes over the years. Styling changes have been very minimal with
the Defender smoothly evolving from the Land Rover 90, 110 and 127/130 of the 80s
which had little to differ with from the Series III Land Rovers. But there were
improvements such as a choice of 2.5-liter Diesel Turbo and a larger 3.2 V8 petrol
engine, coil springs for a more comfy ride, permanent 4-wheel drive system taken
from the Range Rover line, a more luxuriant interior but certainly not at par with
those on the modern SUVs and lastly, a one-piece windscreen.

By the 1990s, there have been some marketing and branding changes in the Land
Rover with the release of the Discovery Model that pioneered the subsequent naming
convention of newer models. No longer would it be an enhanced 110 or 130 but you
now have the Landrover Defender.
Sporting the same 2.5-liter diesel engine but with improved turbo charging, direct
injection and intercooling in the 200Tdi, the Defender was able to cruise comfortably
at higher speeds with 111 BHP power. Throughout the 90s, it became inevitable for
Land Rover to produce wheelbase length variants under the Defender name and
promptly came out with the Defender 90, Defender 110 and Defender 130 to
distinguish each other. The Land Rover Station Wagon model using the 110 and 130
wheelbase became quite popular until today.

Special Editions

The Defender easily lent itself to a number of special edition models like the twin
1998 models marking the 50th anniversary of the Land Rover - one fitted with a 190
hp 4-liter v8 petrol engine and the other identically styled to looks like the Land
Rovers of the 40s and aptly badged the "Heritage."
But possibly the best known special edition was the Tomb Raider meant to
commemorate its ubiquitous presence in the first movie franchise of that name and
made available in the 90 and 110 wheelbases fitted with the more modern Td5
5-cylinder inline turbo diesel engines that produced 11 BHL more than the preceding
Tdi.

A good 10 years later saw the 60th anniversary special edition Defender branded as
SVX with the 60th logo on the bonnet and was available as a 110 station wagon and a
soft-top Defender 90.

To find cheap Landrover Defender Spares online you should pay a visit to McDonald
Landrover. They are also a good place to look for cheap Land Rover Defender
Servicing. They have an excellent range of Reconditioned Engines as well.

				
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