This 1987 Land Rover Defender Looks Cherry but Has a Major Red Flag

Everyone has that dream car they’ve always wanted, and it isn’t always the newest model on the lot. In many cases, it’s a classic, like the 1987 Land Rover Defender. As it happens, there is one currently available for sale on duPont Registry for anyone who can afford to buy it. Should you really be sinking a lot of money into an older vehicle, however?

Land Rover Defenders has a complicated history

A Land Rover Defender V8 Heritage model driving through a shallow river
A Land Rover Defender V8 Heritage model | Jaguar Land Rover

The Land Rover Defender wasn’t actually the ‘Defender’ until 1983, according to Motor Trend. Before that, it was a part of the Land Rover Series. The first Series, known simply as Series I, ran from 1948 to 1958. The Series II took up the mantle from 1958-1971. The Series III was released in 1971 and ran through 1985. 

While the Defender saw much initial success, Land Rover decided not to sell it in the U.S. until 1993. However, it was a short-lived love story, as the Land Rover pulled the Defender from American soil because national safety regulations were updated, and the model didn’t quite meet those standards. 

In 2016, the Defender was retired from production. Its popularity was too great to ignore, however, and Land Rover has since brought it back. A new Land Rover Defender is being sold in America, and its fan base couldn’t be more delighted. However, if you’re looking for an older model, one is available from duPont Registry that was never sold on U.S. soil.

1987 Land Rover Defender

The 1980s are often considered to be a great decade for movies, music, and of course, cars. The 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 was one of them. Its tough-looking exterior and gorgeous interior were more than enough to make it a popular vehicle in its prime, and that hasn’t changed.

It’s now available for sale on duPont Registry. The sales site reports, “Options on this special customized 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 include Masai Roof Rack with Rear Ladder Fold-Up Steps at All Doors Safari Snorkel Single Din Sony Receiver with CD Player Outlast Rear Seats Gloss Black Fender Flares Defender Signage AND MORE! This special, fully custom 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 is a Metallic Red exterior with a Black Leather interior and is waiting to take you anywhere in style! You will also have peace of mind as this 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 is a 100% CarFax certified vehicle, with no accident or damage history!”

While this may seem like a rare find you should jump on, you might want to proceed with caution. The mileage is listed at 181,982 miles. For anyone looking for a daily driver, this is definitely not a good vehicle to invest in. If this is something you’re just looking to show off in, on the other hand, that’s a little different.

duPont Registry has more cars from the 80’s

Fans of cars from the eighties will be delighted to learn that duPont Registry has more vehicles on its list that come from that most gnarly of decades. Some of them are from automakers that have long shut down their doors, such as DeLorean. The DeLorean DMC-12 is extremely rare, as it is the only vehicle produced by DeLorean and is a 1981 model.

A more familiar name is the 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi. While Ferrari isn’t exactly fond of its used vehicles being sold outside its own dealerships, given the fact that this one is 38 years old, it might be a good way for those not on Ferrari’s most valued list to own one.

Other vehicles from the eighties still available include a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 – Golden Eagle Theme, a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera, a 1981 Datsun 280ZX, a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, a 1986 Ducati TT1, and a 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GTE.

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