1978 Land Rover Santana 88 (Series III) with rare factory power steering
- Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
- Make: Land Rover
- Model: Defender
- Type: Convertible SUV
- Trim: Santana 88 Series III
- Year: 1978
- Mileage: 79,539
- VIN: 00000000000000000
- Color: Sand
- Engine size: 2.25L Rover Diesel
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Diesel
- Transmission: 4-sped manual w/2-speed 4WD transfer case
- Drive type: 4WD
- Interior color: Black
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear
- Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Convertible
1978 Land Rover Defender Santana 88 Series III description
ACTUAL VIN# E50922364
NOTE: THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN DENIA, SPAIN, but I ship tothe USA. Please check my feedback, and please read the entire listing before bidding.
I am an American, living in Spain, and I sell and export vintage and collectible vehicles to the USA regularly. Primarily Land Rovers. Although shipping costs are not included in the price of the sale, I work every month with an established worldwide shipper and will work directly with the buyer to arrange delivery to the USA. I will drop the vehicle off at the port of Valencia for you at no additional cost, prepare all the proper documentation for shipping to the USA, and handle all the US customs and importation on the USA side.
If you would like me to handle the shipping, customs paperwork, and everything for you, the cost is a flat-rate of $1900, port-to-port, to your choice of New York, Baltimore, MD, Jacksonville, FL or Freeport (Galveston), TX. No additional costs. No work on your part. You just pick the car up from the port, fully cleared and released.
Once the vehicle is in your possession, you will also have all the documents you need to register the car in any of 49 states (California excepted.) I can even arrange transportation within the USA, from the port to your driveway. In short, I am here to help with every step of the process of delivering this vehicle to you.
You are of course welcome to fly here and test the car for yourself before you bid, but if that is not feasible, I will be happy to take additional photos, videos, etc. and send them to you. Whatever you need. We can speak on the telephone, or by Skype, so you can see the vehicle in real time before you bid.
If you have any questions, please ask and I will post as many answers here as possible.
For more details on buying directly from me in Spain, seehttps://www.autologymotors.com/buyingfromspain/
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Restored inside and out, this original 88 is stunning from every angle and needs nothing.
Exterior and interior were recently stripped and repainted in the original Sand color, then reassembled using original parts when excellent and new parts when necessary, including details such as weatherstripping, door latches and locks. Bodywork is straight and free of filler, and the paintwork is of a high standard - equal to or superior to the original factory finish. All doors close and latch correctly with excellent panel gaps throughout. The removable tropical roof is straight and correct, and the original galvanized beltline trim is in original and excellent condition. The wheels have been resprayed and new tires and tubes have been installed in the correct original size.
Inside the restored look continues, with new or restored details throughout. Dash top is perfect, heater box is new, and all cosmetics are correct and beautiful. New seats front and rear with new foams and upholstery, and custom cut rubber floor mats front and rear.
The frame is entirely straight and rust free, with no dents or signs of previous off roading. There is no rust in the longitudinals, cross members, pickup points, floors, doors, or bulkheads.
Inside and out, top and bottom, it has wonderful curb appeal and looks as good as you are likely to find in an 88 of this vintage. As it sits now it is a local show winner, and needs nothing to be enjoyed every day.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
As you would expect of a fully restored Land Rover at this original mileage, it drives beautifully. The engine fires immediately with only slight warming of the glow plugs and no undue smoke. The idle is smooth and steady, and the engine sounds correct with absolutely no abnormal noises. Compression is excellent across all four cylinders and everything operates as it should with no leaks, and the oil pressure is outstanding. The brake master cylinder, diesel injection pump and many other important parts are all new, and the engine is clean and tidy.
Underway, the clutch and gearbox are as new, with positive and direct changes up or down a breeze. The engine is lusty and torquey, and keeping up with modern traffic in town and on secondary roads is not a problem. The steering is precise with no play, and the very rare factory power steering makes driving a delight in all conditions. Brakes are strong with no noise or pulling.
All gauges, lights and switches work as intended, and the vehicle has recently passed the rigorous Spanish safety inspection without issue.
It is has been correctly and properly restored and needs nothing.
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