If a classic, expertly-restored Land Rover is your style, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with the work of Brooklyn Coachworks. The Williamsburg-based high-end restoration and customization shop seamlessly accentuates the classic styling and the rugged off-road capability of the Land Rover, and in turn has to their credit an absolute bespoke lineup of classic and modern Defenders, Discoverys, and Land Rovers.
They recently embarked on the styling of this three-door 1993 Discovery, and the result is nothing short of stunning. Finished in Firenze Red over tan cloth interior, this first-generation 200 Tdi-powered Discovery sports a 5-speed manual, the venerable LT230 transfer box, and genuine black steel wheels wrapped in Michelin tires.
About The Discovery Series I.
The Discovery Series I was first offered for 1989 as a more nimble counterpart to the bruiser Defender, and as a more contemporary, cost-friendly alternative to the higher-end Range Rover. It was originally only offered as a three-door, although a five-door was later offered starting in 1990.
You could buy the Discovery with either a 2.5L diesel 200Tdi, or a 3.5L Rover V8. You could only get the Discovery with a five-speed manual, although a four-speed ZF automatic was later offered for starting in the 1992 model year.
Additional updates for 1992 included more interior and exterior color choices, side decal, and additional options. Further, it featured permenant four-wheel drive via the LT230 transfer box and locking center differential.
The LT230 transfer box had a 3.2:1 low ratio, and a variable high ratio depending on the application. The LT230 is noteworthy for its longevity despite heavy four-wheel application, and for being employed for over 30 years on the Defender and Discovery.
By adding in airbags for the 1994 model year, the Discovery was finally able to make its way to the States, allowing Land Rover to go head-to-head in a surging mid-size SUV market against models like the Jeep Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and Chevy Blazer. These North American Spec (NAS) Discovery models were offered only with the upgraded version of the 3.5L Rover V8: the same 3.9L V8 offered in the Range Rover SE models. The Discovery Series I lasted until the Discovery Series II took its place in 1998.
About Brooklyn Coachworks.
Chalk us up as another fanboy of Brooklyn Coachworks, the New York-based builder of some of the finest, most complete Land Rover and Range Rover restorations (and the occasional outlier).
Founder Daniel Marcello is no stranger to a Land Rover, himself the owner of a NAS Defender 90 that has taken on Moab, Colorado, Canada, and the wildest jungle of them all, New York City. He brings over 20 years of experience in the Land Rover community to Brooklyn Coachworks, and offers an acute attention to precision, expert mechanical acumen, and a refined appreciation for quality. Daniel and Brooklyn Coachworks is the very definition of the kind of craftsman we enjoy around these parts.
See more via Daniel's interview by Peter Millar:
Condition and Specs.
Brooklyn Coachworks has restored this Land Rover with careful attention to detail, ensuring that it sticks to original form inside and out. As a result, it shows as a wonderfully clean example that is sure to draw a smile at every encounter.
- 2.5L Inline 4 Diesel 200 Tdi engine
- 5-Speed Manual
- 2-Speed LT230 Transfer Box
- Genuine Black Steel Wheels
- New Michelin Tires
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