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1998 Land Rover Defender 90 50th Anniversary

$45,000  |  Private Seller  |  Edgewater, MD





Land Rover


Defender 90


50th Anniversary


4.0L Rover V8


4-Speed Automatic


4-Wheel Drive

Body Style



53,700 mi.




Edgewater, MD

Title Status


After seeing the Willys MB Jeep roam freely around Europe during World War II, Merry Old England and her Rover Company saw it fit to create their very own off-road capable utility vehicle. As a result, the first Land Rover, later called the Series I, was introduced in 1948 and deployed immediately for military, agricultural, and industrial purposes.

Over the subsequent decades, Land Rover persevered and built a name for itself by pushing capability to the extreme, and in the process created legendary 4x4s like the Defender, Discovery, and Range Rover. To celebrate their achievements, Land Rover released only 1,071 50th Anniversary Defenders were released across the globe for the 1998 model year, making it one of the rarer Defender variations available. These models were largely NAS spec, and included standard features like a 4-speed ZF automatic transmission, the 188 hp. 4.0L Rover V8, air conditioning, and a partial roll cage.


Features & Specifications:

This particular model is stamped #348 of the 1,071 total produced, and was sent from the Solihull plant to Japan before being imported to the United States in 2023. The odometer reads approximately 86k kilometers, or about 53,700 miles. It's offered with a clean and clear Maryland title in the seller's name.

Additionally, this 1998 Land Rover Defender 90 is one of a claimed 451 exampled built in the 50th Anniversary Edition for the Japanese market. It's offered in highly-original condition, including the Alpine White exterior, which shows signs of wear on the hood, fenders, and roof (see the gallery for detailed images). A partial exterior roll cage wraps the front windshield and extends to the end of the doors via the roof. Additionally, the black front bullbar houses a dual-Hella driving lamp set-up.

The inside is also mostly original, save for an aftermarket Pioneer Carrozzeria stereo with Bluetooth. The gray upholstery, carpet, and headliner are all in good condition. It offers air conditioning and heat, pop-up sunroof, and retractable rear jump seats.

Power comes from a factory-rated 188 hp. 4.0L Rover V8 motor mated to ZF 4-speed automatic transmission, dual-range transfer case, and a locking center differential. The 16 in. OEM alloy wheels are wrapped 255/85/16 BF Goodrich M/T tires. The seller also notes having a local Land Rover shop perform installation of a new heater core, new Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust, new plugs and wires, an oil change, and a coolant flush.

Included in the sale is a roof rack and ARB awning, pictured below.

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