1994 Land Rover Defender Soft Top wit
1994 Land Rover Defender 90 Convertible shown in custom color Rosso Maranello over Black leather interior. In 1993 Land Rover launched the Defender in the North American (i.e. the United States and Canada) market. Although the Range Rover had been sold there since 1987, this was the first time utility Land Rovers had been sold since 1974. To comply with the strict United States Department of Transportation regulations, ranging from crash safety to lighting, as well as the very different requirements of American buyers, the North American Specification (NAS) Defenders were extensively modified. The initial export batch was 525 Defender 110 County 4x4's: 500 to the United States and 25 to Canada. They were fitted with the 3.9-liter V8 petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission. All of the vehicles were white (except one specifically painted black for Ralph Lauren). They sported full external roll-cages and larger side-indicator and tail-lights. All were equipped with the factory-fitted air conditioning system. For the 1994 and 1995 model year Land Rover offered the Defender 90, fitted with a 3.9-liter V8 engine and a manual transmission which was clearly intended to compete with the Jeep Wrangler. Initially, the Defender 90 was only available as a soft-top, but later version was offered with a unique, removable, fiber-glass roof panel or regular 4x4 hard-top. In the final year of US production, the engine was improved, designated 4.0 and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. In 1998, regulations changed to require the fitting of airbags for both front seat passengers in all vehicles, as well as side door impact requirements. The Defender could not be fitted with these without major modifications, which given the small numbers of NAS vehicles sold in relation to Land Rover's global sales, were not economically viable. Land Rover retired its utility vehicles at the end of 1997 to focus on its more upmarket Discovery and Range Rover models, as well as the then newly launched Freelander.This D90 has gone through a complete refurbishment by famed East Coast Defender in Orlando, FL from the engine, transmission, frame, exterior, interior, wheels, tires, etc. This truck presents like new and is in phenomenal running and operating condition inside and out. For further details, please contact our sales staff.