Price: US $12,000.00 Item location: Southport, North Carolina, United States
  • Make: Land Rover
  • Model: Defender
  • SubModel: Short Wheel Base
  • Type: Pick Up / 4x4
  • Year: 1989
  • Mileage: 107,080
  • VIN: 11111111111111111
  • Color: Arles Blue
  • Engine size: 2.5 TURBO DIESEL
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Drive type: AWD
  • Interior color: Grey/Black
  • Options: Power Steering, 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1989 Land Rover Defender

Mad Rover

Here at Mad Rover, we are dedicated and passionate about cars but more importantly, we are MAD about Land Rovers, especially the iconic Defender! To us, we believe a car is more than just a car.... more than just transportation. They are a labor of love - a drivable timepiece that you can enjoy and truly cherish. At Mad Rover, we believe that life is better when you do what you're passionate about, from work, to play, and what you drive. We are dedicated to others who are like-minded lovers of adventure, auto enthusiasts, or collectors to attain these legendary vehicles.

Mad Rover is proud to present an opportunity to own a true British classic, a 1989 Land Rover Defender 90. All I can say is what a badass, unique and retro pick up truck this is!Probablyone of the rarest and mosticonicpick trucks in the whole of the US of A. Increasingly rare and very desirable 28-year-old classic Land Rover 90 especially in the pick up style. This is a rare and unique vehicle that's an iconic British build (not a cheap foreign/Santana Spanish copy). All in all, any car collector and enthusiast will find a classic and genuine investment in this Defender 90 - a car that has been a true survivor of its lifetime, one that will live on for many more generations to come.

1989 Land Rover

Defender 90

Short Wheelbase Pick Up

2.5lt Turbo Diesel

107,080 Original Miles

5-Speed Manual Transmission

LT77 Gearbox

Hi/Low Differential Lock

Power Steering

Disc Brakes

No accidents

VIN matching engine/brake booster plate & chassis (frame)

Complete with matching documents & paperwork

Just serviced, oil & filter, air filter and drive shaft/U-joints greased

Titled, insured and registered in North Carolina

Fully compliant with all USA import regulations

100% Legal and approved byCustoms Boarder Patrol, Homeland Security, and Department of Transport.

Vehicle available today in North Carolina, USA

Defender 90 Assessment

Finished in original Land Rover Arles Blue with an Ivory roof, which can only be described as simply a beautiful combination, It has the "90" side stripes from the factory which makes this classic Defender stand out from the rest. This defender is not to be confused with a re-sprayed example, it is 100% original and never been painted. An untouched, unmolested and true original Land Rover Defender 90. The interior andexterioris still original and stilltrue to its uniqueheritage which only adds to itsvalue, which is increasinglyrising.All the engine and running gears work perfectly as they should. This is a very straight and honest Land Rover with only minor age related wear. It's a joy to drive and creates waves and attention wherever it goes.As with any older vehicle, please expect a few flaws and imperfections that come with age and mileage.

Mechanically, this Defender is in excellent solid running and driving condition. Runs and drive flawlessly. The Defender starts easily and runs smoothly with every turn of the key. The vehicle's road manners are fantastic - what you would expect from an old Land Rover. The suspension feels tight and well sorted, steering and braking perform to satisfaction, as they should. The power steering is crisp and true. The engine keeps perfect temperature and excellent oil pressure at all times. The engine makes great power and feels strong throughout the power band.Low-end torque is impressive. The Turbo engine gives it a nice power boost, which liveners it up and gives it a nice spring in its step. The clutch engages smoothly and does not slip nor chatter. Gear changes through the manual transmission are smooth and precise. Out on the highway it cruises comfortable at 75mph and drove nice and straight with absolutely no complaints.This turbo engine can certainly keep pace with modern vehicles out on the road. Overall this Land Rover is in great mechanical condition and operates exactly as it should and is ready for its next adventure!

The interior of this Defender is in good original condition for its age and mileage. This Defender offers three complete seats up front. The vinyl seats are clean and show well throughout the interior. The seats show some wear and are very supportive. Has the added luxury of a radio/CD player.

All this Defender needs is a new owner, who will be getting quite a retro and unique collector piece. Certainly purchasing more than just a car, as a Defender owner, you will be adding to the story and legacy of its history - taking adventures to the next level. The Defender models are now becoming rare and collectibles. Land Rover ceased production of the Defender in 2016, so prices are rapidly rising and are a worthy investment, not just in fun. Take advantage of this rare and historic Defender, which has a clean title and fully registered with the NC DMV. No need to worry about importing, international shipping, or getting it through customs. Mad Rover has taken care of all the complex and diligent work for you. This Land Rover Defender may not get you anywhere fast, but it will sure get you there in style!

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Land Rovers are unique trucks due to their capabilities and design specifications, but another reason that they are extraordinary is a combination of how rare the vehicles actually are along with their lengthy history. Not only that, but Defenders are now out of production, so to get your hands on one is truly a rare opportunity. The Defender has a well-established community of admirers, by owning one you become a part of its history and knowing the background of your vehicle is particularly important. To do so, you can better understand your Defender by simply understanding the particulars of its VIN.



Manufacturer code: Land Rover


Model: Defender (for early models: Ninety, or One Ten)


Wheel base: 92.9 inch, but designated 90


Body type: 2-door: Pickup, hood cab, truck cab, or soft/hard top


Engine type: 2.5 litre diesel turbo (model 19J)


Steering and transmission: Right-hand drive (RHD), 5-speed manual (LT85, LT77, LT77S, R380 or other)


Model year: 1989


Assembly location: Solihull, UK


Serial number


This Defender is factory fitted with a matching VIN 2.5lt turbo diesel (19J Diesel Turbo) that starts right up every time. It feels firm and is very solid, as it should. The original 2.5td engine has covered 107k miles - which is very low considering its age. No leaks and holds perfect oil pressure and temperature, as it should. The turbo diesel engine is known for its durability and ability to cruise at 75mph.Time has shown these engines are unbreakable if they are maintained and driven properly.

Service & Maintenance History

Under our care we performed a full service on this Defender so it is in a ready to use, ready to drive condition. It has undergone a complete detail of the exterior and interior, as well as a deep clean of the undercarriage.Full multi-point inspection completed, checked and topped off all fluids and inspected all major components including front differential, rear differential, transfer case, gearbox, wheel swivels, coolant, brakes reservoir and power steering. Just serviced with new oil and filter change, new engine air filter, all undercarriage chassis points, prop shaft and U-joints freshly greased on 5/24/2017 at 107,000 miles.

Body & Exterior

The Defender is much loved for its rugged construction, simple mechanics, and all around basic simplicity. The body is aluminum on top of a steel chassis. Being original of course you can expect a couple minor dents here and there. It has a great petunia that only adds to the character of this original Defender pick up. Front and rear tow hook are complete and in great condition making it as practical as a land Rover should. The rear tow hook is height adjustable. The spec of this Defender is totally original and unmolested, just as it left the production line. It comes with the very practical iFor Williams metal canopy on the back with dog/livestock tailgate (last photo shows metal canopy attached). The aluminum rear metal cab/roof canopy can be removed in minutes to be used as a traditional pick up truck. This Defender has a great stance and looks stylish sitting nicely on factory Land Rover Modular 16" rims.


Inside the interior is in great condition, considering its chiseled good looks on the exterior. The interior has three original vinyl seats that are in great condition passenger seat shows onlyminor wear. The interior of this vehicle is very standard and basic, but clean and well looked after. Simplistic dash and original dials, with the speedometer in MPH. Comes with winding up side windows with a sliding rear window. Floor Pans are solid and in very good shape. Door Bottoms are in great shape and do not have any holes.

Bulkhead & Chassis (Frame)

Both are in fantastic shape and very sturdy. The chassis is solid throughout and has new rear cross member. The bulkhead and frame are solid and show no sign of rust. The undercarriage and frame has been well wax/oiled and protected though out its lift. Overall it is structurally robust and heavily built, with no sign of rust on the frame, not even surface rust.

Brakes & Running Gear

All the brakes and running gear work properly, the disc brakes and parking brake hold the vehicle as it is meant to. Equipped with powered-assisted steering, which really makes it fun and a pleasure to drive for an old Land Rover. Clutch operates correctly, the original gearbox shifts work properly and it does not make any strange noises. All-wheel drive with high and low ranges all work correctly.

A true, go anywhere, all terrain vehicle!



Weimport and hand pickeach of our rare and unique vehicles based on quality, value, and desirability. We give every vehicle a thorough test-drive and a visual inspectionbefore it is offered for sale. Basically, if we wouldn't drive it ourselves we wouldn't try and sell it to you. Westrive to provide the most thorough and accurate description as possible within the scope of our ability. These are not perfect showroom quality vehicles, so please don't expect a perfect and brand new vehicle. Ultimately it is a Land Rover and they are older, rough, and rugged. These vehicles are now becoming iconic, retro, and collectable classics full of character. They can have age related issues, however, by buying a used Land Rover you fully understand what comes with purchasing an older vehicle. The pride and care we take in the vehicles we sell show in detail and selection. We are dedicated to make sure you have a satisfactory and enjoyable buying experience. So please give us the courtesy of only bidding, if you are prepared to purchase the vehicle.

Frequently asked Questions

Q. Is this vehicle legal?

A. Yes all vehicles we offer for sale have been legally imported to the USA and they conform to all the rules and regulations. It has passed all Department of Transport, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs & Boarder Patrol and DMV tests and inspections and is 100% legally here in the USA. All vehicles have current legal documentation. It is insured, titled and registered in North Carolina and will be sold with a clean title.

Q. How do I register or title this vehicle?

A. All vehicles have been titled and registered in NC prior to sale. They will be sold with a clear NC title, however, depending on DMV processing times the title might not be available at the time of sale; once received the title will be mailed to the new owner. Current tags on the vehicle can be used, until the title has been sent to the new owner to register the vehicle in their own name and State. Once the title is in hand you can register the vehicle like any other used car at your local DMV.

Q. What is an MOT? (Required for European & British roads, but not required for the USA)

A. An MOT test (Ministry of Transport) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain. The decision to pass or fail each presented vehicle comes down to these following the guidelines .The MOT test covers the following, lighting, signaling equipment, Steering (including suspension), Brakes, Tires and wheels, Seat belts, Body, structure, chassis (rust) and general items. Includes body and components such as spoilers, bumpers and mirror housings, Exhaust, fuel and emissions. Our vehicles are provided with a British MOT certificates of roadworthiness, a much higher standard test than a state inspection. Not required for the USA but completed regardless.

Q. Is this vehicle in a good ready to use condition?

A. Yes all vehicles for sale are in a good ready to use, ready to drive condition; all our vehicles go through a multi-point inspection mechanically and cosmetically. Any necessary services are performed to bring it up to its maintenance schedule and to a good running order.

Terms & Conditions


Please read the entire description and view all pictures before placing a bid. Please only bid if you have the funds to commit to the purchase of the vehicle. We go out of our way to provide the best-detailed description as possible that we auction, as well as posting numerous photos that are unedited. Please wait to place your bid until you are completely satisfied and all questions have been answered. By placing a bid on our auction, you agreed that you have read and agree to all of the Terms & Conditions as well as eBay's Terms & Conditions; you assert that you, the bidder, understand and take full responsibility of the risks of purchasing a used vehicle; and you further agree that you have full knowledge and have asked any questions prior to placing your bid. Additionally, you enter into a binding contract to purchase the item you are bidding on, should you be the winning bidder. The seller may, at its sole discretion, cancel any bid or restrict any member from bidding on this or future auctions. Your opportunity to negotiate is prior to the end of the sale.

Winning Bidders

Please have your financing, cash, cashiers check, wife/husband/parents/dog convinced, or whatever it is you need to do ready before you bid. Winning bidders are required to contact us via eBay message, email or phone within 24 hours of auction close. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon the auction end to secure the vehicle. Full payment is due within 7 days of the auction's end. Payment methods to complete the sale are by: cash in person, certified checks, money orders, bank finance checks, 3rdparty loans or wire transfer. If you are having the vehicle shipped, full payment must be completed before the vehicle can be release for shipment. Buyers are responsible for their own state taxes and fees.


THIS VEHICLE IS SOLD AS IS- NO WARRANTY IS INCLUDED (expressed, written, negotiated, or implied).

Shipping & Vehicle pick up

We can help the buyer with finding, assisting, and securing a shipping company - at a competitive price. If the vehicle is going to be shipped, full payment must be received before the vehicle is delivered to the shipping company.

Export & Import Services

We at Mad Rover handle all aspects of vehicle exports and imports, including UK export and US import compliance. We work directly with specialist shipping lines and export/import agents, in addition to delivery to the port of shipping in the UK, and port handling and collection on arrival in the US.

Buyer's Inspection

Every effort has been made to accurately and fairly describe this vehicle to you.We have, to the best of our ability, disclosed all information known about this vehicle for auction.Please be advised that used vehicles will have typical scratches and dings - Furthermore, the year of the vehicle and mechanical parts could be subject to fail.All test drives and inspections must be complete before the final sale, so please make sure you inspect the vehicle prior to the auction ending. Buyer is responsible for any inspection charges and fees.

Non-paying Bidders

At Mad Rover, we take great pride in our work and are very serious about what we do. Likewise, we expect the people who bid on our vehicles at auction to be serious about honoring their bid. If you are the successful bidder for the vehicle auctioned and do not pay for your vehicle within the specified time, an unpaid item case will be opened with eBay. This can severely restrict your ability to purchase from all eBay sellers. You will be charged a $249 re-listing fee. All unpaid fees will be handed over to a collection agency and pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

Fees & Tax Information

The buyer is responsible for registering the vehicle in the home state the buyer resides. As well the buyer is responsible for any and all costs associated with transfer of ownership including, but not limited to: registration, sales tax, tags, title transfer, inspection, and transportation expenses.

The vehicle is located in North Carolina; it has passed all Department of Transport, Environmental Protection Agency and DMV inspections and is 100% legally here in the USA. It has a clear North Carolina title with no liens. The title will be transferred to the new owner, just like buying any other used vehicle in the Untied States. We are happy to take more photos, videos or live-video chat with any serious buyers.

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