The square-edged Land Rover Defender remains an iconic vehicle and a timeless classic. Bring a Trailer, part of Hearst Autos, presents a rare find. A 1994 Defender 90 convertible in a striking AA Yellow. Imported into the US and with only 38,000 miles on the clock.
As a tribute act to the Defender brand, Land Rover created the US version of the model in 1990. Before that, all of its predecessors were identified only by their wheelbase measurements. Although the Defender was a more advanced upgrade from its predecessors. It remained a robust vehicle driven by permanent four-wheel drive through a two-speed transfer case, utilizing live axles at both ends.
The North America-specification Defenders had significant modifications compared to those sold elsewhere. Including full external cages to meet rollover protection standards. All were powered by a 3.9-liter version of Rover’s long-lived pushrod V8 motor, producing 182 HP and 232 pound-feet of torque, able to accelerate the five-speed manual model from zero to 60 mph in a sprightly 10.2 seconds.
This Defender is one of the rare cabriolets in AA Yellow with original modifications, including LED headlights and taillights, and is still well maintained. Minor faults include a missing speaker cover, cracked trim around the hood release catch, and a fading rearview mirror.
The Defender lacks air conditioning, but retrofitting is possible, a particular factor buyers in hotter states, such as Florida, may want to consider. This Defender is a true, original model, in contrast to the documented risks involved with imported Europe-spec models.
In conclusion, this 1994 Land Rover Defender in a vibrant AA Yellow is a rare and desirable find, with exceptional modifications and low mileage, worthy of consideration by savvy collectors and off-road enthusiasts.