Tested In The Italian Alps: 1987 Land Rover Defender 110

As a result of its rugged nature and impressive capabilities, Land Rover’s Defender is one of the most popular choices for an off-road vehicle in the world. A civil protection department located in the Italian alps used this 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 in the past, but now it is available for purchase here on eBay.

This Defender 110 is available in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, but has a clean title in New York, which is also where it is registered. As stated earlier, Italy’s Civil Protection Department (known as Dipartimento della Protezione Civile) used this vehicle for its duties, which include prediction, prevention, and management of emergency events such as fires, floods and more. Despite this, the seller claims that the truck was not harshly used or abused during that time, and its overall shape reflects that.

Though it no longer has the sirens installed, the exterior still wears the decals from its past, and the seller adds that while they are easily removable, they were “stopped daily with people checking it out.” Overall, the body is in good condition, and other than some surface rust on the undercarriage, there are no rust problems whatsoever.

Many Land Rover models have a reputation for luxury, but the cabin in this Defender 110 is definitely on the utilitarian side. Everything is original, except for the seats, which were redone at some point.

Under the hood, you’ll find a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, which pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-wheel-drive system. The drivetrain has 188,000 kilometers on the odometer, which translates to approximately 116,000 miles, and it also benefits from a new fuel pump and starter.

At the time of publication, bidding for this Land Rover is at $11,700. What do you think of this former civil service vehicle?

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  1. misterluigi Member

    Imagine all of the yelling that reverberated in that thing.

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  2. Tesla209 Member

    I am a sports car nut. I loved my Defender 90 more than most cars. California wants $15,000 to smog, convert to Blue exhaust fluid. Sold it out of state.

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  3. Karl

    Good buddy of mine had a defender with a V8 petrol engine it was a very good down to business 4 wheel drive (yes 4 wheel drive it had diff locks) it always ran very well was loud with NO thoughts for creature comforts. They sure seem to have a following, or at least the pre-india built ones.

  4. Mario

    No disrespect but all pictures are clearly taken while in Italy. Bidding 25k and plus to a vehicle that is said to be in the US but show not even a picture makes me a little bit uncomfortable. Furthermore the Alps are nowhere close form this particular detachment of the protezione Civile…Napoli/Campania/Calabria are in the southern part of the country as most of you know. Again no disrespect but There are two vins listed, the correct seems to be SALLDHMB8BA294587. If actually look on Craigslist here: https://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/cto/d/old-greenwich-land-rover-defender-110/7153079527.html you can actually see the car with NY plate. That make me a little more sure of this offerings. Cheers

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