Happy to report that Theresa and I have recently purchased our first Defender. We had been planning and saving for about a year to take a vacation abroad, and if we found the right rover, ship it back to the US. We were still in the planning stages when our 1987 D110 ex-Mod Tithonus landed in Texas fresh off the boat and popped up for sale. After a call to the seller I was on red-eye flight two days later.
Upon inspection the vehicle was in far better condition than described. Even the old batteries (it was an FFR when in service) in the 24V system were holding charge. The biggest complaint was that customs stole my passenger seat .
After inspecting the vehicle further, joy riding around the storage facility I started to drive back North to my homeplace in Nebraska where it would get it's DMV docs taken care of. By the end of the day I had made it just South of the Texas border when I met my folks. We threw it on a trailer and made it back to Nebraska just before 5AM Sunday morning.
Driving wise, the rover performed great. I was happily cruising the flats at 65mph. It also handled pretty well in the traffic jammed Texas construction zone called Fort Worth.
Overall we are pretty happy with the purchase and hope to have it in the Bay area just before the end of May.
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