Little Wheels Shop Search Site Home Contact Little Wheels EBay
  Land Rover 110 Defender  

Production of the model now known as the Defender began in 1983 as the Land Rover 110, a name which reflected the 110-inch length of the wheelbase. The Land Rover 90, with 93-inch wheelbase, and Land Rover 127, with 127-inch wheelbase, soon followed.

Superficially there is little to distinguish the post-1983 vehicles from the Series III Land Rover. A full-length bonnet, revised grille, plus the fitting of wheel arch extensions to cover wider-track axles are the most noticeable changes. While the engine and other body panels carried over from the Series III, mechanically the 90 and 110 were modernised, including:

  • Coil springs, offering a more compliant ride and improved axle articulation

  • Permanent four-wheel-drive system derived from the Range Rover, featuring a two-speed transfer gearbox with a lockable centre differential

  • A modernised interior

  • A taller one-piece windscreen

  • A new series of progressively more powerful and modern engines

From 1984, wind-up windows were fitted (Series models and very early 110s had sliding panels), and a 2.5-litre, 68 horsepower diesel engine was introduced. This was based on the earlier 2.3-litre engine, but had a more modern fuel-injection system as well as increased capacity. A low compression version of the 3.5-litre V8 Range Rover engine improved performance. It was initially available in the 110 with a Range Rover LT95 four-speed transmission with integral transfer case and vacuum operated differential lock, then later in conjunction with a high strength "Santana" five-speed transmission.

After a continuous run of 67 years production finally ended on 29 January 2016, after a total of just over two million Land Rover Series and Defender models had been built. The two millionth unit was assembled with the help of a special team in May 2015, and charitably auctioned for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies later that year. The last Land Rover Defender, rolled off the production line, with the number plate H166 HUE, a reference to the first ever pre-production Land Rover, registration 'HUE 166'. This was the 2,016,933rd Land Rover utility to be produced.

Vanguards VA09700; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Vanguards VA09701; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Van, Epsom Green Vanguards LR1002; Land-Rover Experience 2 Pce Set; Land-Rover Defender & Range Rover Vanguards VA09703; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Police Service of Northern Ireland Vanguards LR2002; G4 Challenge Set; Range Rover & Defender 110
Vanguards VA09700; Land Rover 110 Defender; Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Vanguards VA09701; Land Rover 110 Defender Van, Epsom Green Vanguards LR1002; Land Rover Experience 2 Pce Set
VA09702
Vanguards VA09703; Land Rover 110 Defender; Police Service of Northern Ireland Vanguards LR2002; G4 Challenge Set; Range Rover & Defender 110
VA09704
Vanguards TP1002; Tayside Police 2 Car Set; Land Rover Defender & Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth Vanguards VA09706; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Born Free Vanguards DP1002; Dorset Police 2 Car Set; Land Rover Defender, Marine Section & Ford Granada Traffic Patrol Car Corgi CV1002; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Calder Valley, Search & Rescue Team Vanguards VA09709; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Chawton White
Vanguards TP1002; Tayside Police 2 Car Set
VA09705
Vanguards VA09706; Land Rover 110 Defender; Born Free Vanguards DP1002; Dorset Police 2 Car Set
VA09707
Corgi CV1002; Land Rover 110 Defender; Calder Valley, Search & Rescue Team
VA09708
Vanguards VA09709; Land Rover 110 Defender; Chawton White
Vanguards VA09710; Land-Rover 110 Defender; & Horsebox, Royal Parks Constabulary Vanguards VA09711; Land-Rover 110 Defender; Royal Mail Post Bus; Glenshee      
Vanguards VA09710; Land Rover 110 Defender & Horsebox, Royal Parks Constabulary Vanguards VA09711; Land Rover 110 Defender; Royal Mail Post Bus; Glenshee      

Contact Vanguards Home Site Home
Last Edit: 14/12/2022   Page Added 13/12/2022