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1983 Land Rover Defender V8 County Station Wagon up for Auction

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/8/2015 Megan Stewart

Next month, Classic Car Auctions will offer a restored 1983 Land Rover Defender 110 V8 County Station Wagon. This model is equipped with a number of rare and desirable features, and is said to be one of just a handful built to this specification. It's also one of the first examples of the improved 90 and 110 series produced, meaning it boasts better handling both on- and off off-road compared to the Defenders that came before it.

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The 1983 Defender V8 County Station Wagon utilizes the same 3.5-liter V-8 engine found in the Range Rover of the time, and also features an improved interior trim, distinctive body stripes, and seating for up to 12 people. This particular Defender features the rare sliding windows, flush door handles, and seat-box-mounted high/low-range gear selector lever. Based on the options list, the auction house believes this may have been a pre-production vehicle, possibly even a press car. The original price tag for this model ranged from roughly $29,900 to $32,000. This example was first registered on January 1, 1984.

1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 3© Provided by MotorTrend 1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 3 It took 10 years to completely restore this unique Defender model. The body was painted in Rolls-Royce Nutmeg Brown with rare and correct "County stripes," and the seats have been retrimmed to match the original Land Rover cloth. The original headlining remains the same. But perhaps the most notable selling point of this Defender is that only 100 miles have been added to the odometer since its complete restoration.

The special Land Rover Defender V8 County Station Wagon will cross the auction block at CarFest South in the U.K. on August 29.

Source: Classic Car Auctions 1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 1© Provided by MotorTrend 1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 1

1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 2© Provided by MotorTrend 1983 Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon 2
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