Find of the Week – 1983 Land Rover One Ten

Land Rover Defender 110

A rugged and polarizing iconic SUV, the classically styled Land Rovers of years past show case a tough exterior design contrasting a civil interior fit for the Queen. The Defender series is the best representation of this style and was brought into the United States starting in 1993. The rest of the world was able to enjoy this vehicle when it was introduced back in 1983, ten years prior. At that time, the vehicles were not called Defenders but they were simply referred to by their wheelbase length. One lucky Floridian managed to import and register a 1983 Land Rover One Ten, and is now offering this extremely clean example for sale.

Land Rover Defender 110 interior front

The silver beast seen here appears to be wearing very clean silver paint outside and has a nice and tidy inside. This One Ten is a right-hand drive model which will make ordering at the drive-thru a difficult but all-in-all more exciting experience. Truth be told, every experience would be more exciting experience because I would keep a pith helmet in the car and pretend I am on a safari every day of the week. Regardless of the fact that my “prey” is either the groceries or golf balls at the driving range, it will all be taken down in a highly civilized manner – with tea to follow.

Land Rover Defender 110 engine

This particular V8 engine shows its age but otherwise looks great for a 26 year old engine. It is a 3.5L unit that made between 113 and 134 hp when new. The seller says he took great care of it, and it looks to be the case. The V8 is paired with a four-speed manual transmission which will take some getting used to since the driver will be shifting as a sinister lefty.

Land Rover Defender 110 interior rear

With a full load of passengers, the One Ten will seat nine passengers. That is as much as a modern Suburban. The rear inward-facing seats allow for stimulating conversation regarding topics ranging from duck hunting to pheasant hunting.
This 1983 Land Rover One Ten appears to be an excellent example of the splendid British SUVs of a time gone by. More modern examples of the Defender 90 fetch princely sums even with high mileage. This utility vehicle has 57,000 on the clock and is being offered at a fee a tick under the $20,000 mark. Someone scoop this one up quick before I trade my baseball hat in for a safari helmet and teach my dachshunds how to fetch wild game…


  1. Man those blue waffle cleaners look so surgical. Nothing beats a good pair of Skinner’s Union pots to feed a V8!

  2. One day, one day I will get a 110. My kids, that is if I ever have kids are not getting shuttled around in a Suburban or Expedition, nope, Station Wagon, or an early 110, I almost had forgotten about the Defender 110 option, but this post seals the deal, a Defender 110 and a first gen Range Rover are a must.

    1. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a Suburban, if it’s of the three-door variety.
      I still reserve a soft spot for a black Suburban of any year, but it’s a guilty pleasure.

  3. Always loved these, there are a few very cool Land Rovers here in Larrytown, I’ll have to seek them out for the world.

  4. Some day I will own a RHD vehicle with a manual, and I will learn to shift with my left hand.
    I suppose I should own a LHD vehicle with a manual first, but let’s not get nitpicky over the details of my dreams.

  5. That's a Defender 110 with the fibreglass hardtop, there's plenty of variants available in the UK including a single cab pickup, crew cab pickup, single & crew cabs with mohair/canvas tops, the fibreglass hardtop shown, or an aluminium window van rear (also available with 2 or 4 doors). Most Defenders came with fibreglass hardtops standard, these are the most popular (also the cheapest) in the UK.

    1. I don't get what you mean by the fiberglass hardtop? Mine definitely has an aluminium (aluminum) roof and no fiberglass inside apart from some trim. This is a OneTen rather then a Defender110 but for all intents and purposes they're the same vehicle apart from engines (2.5D vs. 200/300Tdi) but that's not a problem here as this has the V8 and some aesthetics.

  6. Unfortunately, it IS a Defender, albeit a 3.5V8 Defender. Stage1's had mostly Series 3 components and thus look basically like Series 3's except for the radiator panel being flush with the wing fronts like a Defender. I think some also sat on stretched Range Rover chassis' and were coil sprung, but the example at the top is NOT a Stage1. I'm from the UK and my daily drive is my trusty Iveco engined 1990 Defender 110 and I love her to bits. Had a 1988 RRC Vogue SE before that.

  7. This is a great site. I’ve been spending the morning just browsing and looking for ways to improve my website ( and I will definately be comming back here. I have have few questions for you but I’ll ask them a bit later (just got to get through this pile of work first) – Chat Later

  8. im glad my 1.000 hours of work on my def 110 silver was not wasted, you can look at another one of my genesis def 110 on but sorry now sold ,blood sweat and tears do go into bringing these icons back to this space and i might pull another silver def 110 out of the hat. cheers all.

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