Well the time has come, I am selling my 110 Land Rover. Not an easy decision, but the time is now. To start with its a 1985 110, which is pre defender. Unlike most of the "1985" Defenders on ebay and similar sites the details can be seen clearly, the door handles, the galvanised strip on the door sides and the lack of air con or a 6 speed box or shiny metallic paint. I'm sure enough of the Land Rover fans here in the USA have seen the videos of customs crushing Defenders which have had chassis plates changed for older numbers......you have been warned.Some of the bigger export companies in England offer the service, for a fee.
So here it goes,1985 110, has been retro fitted with a 200tdi from a 1st gen Discovery, which I purchased in England where I was living and where the work was done. I also had the transfer box from the Discovery fitted at the same time as it gives a slightly better overall cruising on the highway. This is the forth Defender that I've owned and the best by far, been working up the Land Rover family chain for too long now. 4 defenders, 4 discoverys, 1 freelander,2 range rovers, 1 series3 and 1 forward control.
Back to it, I had the original 5 speed rebuilt, with a new clutch at the same time, I also fitted a uprated and much bigger Allard intercooler, thermostatic fan, and most of the upgrades at the same time. The 200tdi and the transfer box came out of a Discovery 1 with 98000 miles on it, I purchased the entire vehicle for the two parts, and I've done less than 3000 miles since the fitting.
Warn M8000 winch
Old Man Emu +2" Springs and Shocks
Thermostatic electric cooling fan
Discovery Transfer box
6 x Wolf Military Rims
6 x General AT2 Tires
Wing top protectors
Snow cover for heater intake
Alloy Steering guard
1997 Defender front seats
Trakker highback mid row seats
Rear bench seats included
Utility body sides
Brownchurch roof rack(cut down to fit into a shipping container) and ladder
piggy back fuel tank(goes in place of filler pipe to give more capacity)
European style tow hitch set up
bearmach roof light bar to hold 4 lights and an antenna
alloy cubby box between front seats, holds stereo, pioneer with cd and usb plug in
dash pod with room for more gauges and switches, extra power points
t max split charge manager
1 x red top optima + 1 x yellow top optima
X Engineering disc brake E brake
Polybush bushing throughout
Mantec rear wheel carrier with bracket for hi-lift jack
Zeus rear wheel dics brake conversion
Also included, rear crossmember replacement part and flared wheel arches
I think that's most of it, but I'm sure there is a lot that I've not remembered to include. The paint is shabby and it has been around many a block, from Russia to the artic circle, to Africa and back and now here to the USA, this 110 has done it, it has been in deserts , mountains, tundra and most things inbetween, so its not too shiny,has been dented, does not get waxed and has never been garaged. The heater is terrible, the door frames could do with being repaired and I think the thermostatic controller for the fan is playing up. I'd drive it anywhere today but I have moved on so its time to let go.
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Jaguar's long-rumored crossover won't be built on the same platform as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, says the Australian site Car Advice. The future of the new CUV remains uncertain, but if Jaguar does dip its toes into the SUV/crossover pool, though, the new vehicle will likely be a car-based soft roader, lacking (or perhaps more appropriately, not needing) the off-road-engineered chops inherent in Land Rover's small CUV platform.
Jaguar product planner Steven De Ploey explained to Car Advice, "There's many groups around the world [platform sharing] - obviously Volkswagen Group is doing it all the time - but I think we have to be careful. He added, "Jaguar is something quite different... It's about capability, but very much on-road focused capability." That seems to gel with our suspicions that the XQ, as it's expected to be called, will share its platform with an upcoming small Jaguar sedan, the oft-rumored X-Type successor.
Still, we'd recommend taking any mention of a Jaguar crossover with a grain of salt. Based on many of the (quite compelling) statements made by De Ploey against a Jag crossover and previous statements made by Jag's design boss, Ian Callum, the case against a leaper-bearing crossover seems strong. If a high-rider were to arrive from Jaguar, though, the article insinuates that it'd be more in line with the BMW X6 or upcoming X4 - sort of a coupe-based crossover. Like we said, grain of salt. If a Jag crossover is going to arrive soon, the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show is the most likely locale for its debut. We'll find out in a few weeks.
The success of Jaguar Land Rover in recent years has largely been down to a resurgent product lineup, but a recent move into the research and development will see the British-based, Indian-owned brands take the fight to its German rivals more aggressively than ever before.
JLR is investing 50 million pounds ($80,345,000, as of this writing) in a joint R&D center in central England. The move will more than triple its staff dedicated to research, from 150 to 500, with Wolfgang Epple, JLR's Director of Research and Technology telling Automotive News Europe, "In order to play among the big animals in automotive and to be anchored in the mind of customers you have to have offered something unique, to be first in market. We want to be one of the key premier automotive manufacturers."
Jaguar Land Rover's 50-million-pound contribution represents more than half of the 94-million-pound tab, on the so-called National Automotive Innovation Campus. Based at Warwick University, Tata's European Technical Center, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the Higher Education Funding Council, an agency of the British government, are all chipping in for the facility.
Brazil is the place to be, apparently. Toyota has been investing in the South American country, as has BMW, which announced a $261 million investment in October 2012, on the heels of an Audi factory announcement in San José Chiapa. The high-end immigration is only set to continue, as Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar-Land Rover have both announced plans to set up manufacturing operations there.
Mercedes is the big news here, as its new facility will see the German manufacturer invest 170-million euros for production of its next-generation C-Class and upcoming GLA-Class. "Brazil is an important future market. With our local production we accept the challenge and take on the competition," noted Andreas Renschler, Management Board member for Production and Procurement at Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans. Production is expected to begin by 2016.
Jaguar-Land Rover, meanwhile, isn't so concrete in its plans. The news of its investment in South America comes from a job posting for a plant quality manager in Brazil that was picked up by the UK's AutoCar. "Portuguese language skills will be definite advantage" for interested candidates, according to the job listing. The want ad follows on the heels of remarks by Jaguar Land Rover's Dr. Ralph Speth, who said there are "very intensive discussions" with Brazil's government. Unlike Mercedes, there's no mention of which vehicles will be produced in South America, although AutoCar thinks the Freelander, sold in the US as the LR2, is a leading contender.