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This Land Rover Defender 110 XS Utility is a smart example of the marque’s iconic 4x4, which would make a superb ‘go anywhere’ work vehicle, or could easily be used as rugged family transport. Under the bonnet is the 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine, with permanent four-wheel drive via a six-speed manual transmission and locking differentials. The odometer shows 50,483 miles from new.

First registered in July 2011, this Defender has just two previous keepers on the log book. The seller acquired the car two years ago, and has covered some 3,000 miles behind the wheel since then.

The bodywork presents in very good condition, with no accident damage, and only age-related surface rust around the door hinges and exposed areas like the tow ball. The Sumatra Black paint has a glossy shine around all the panels, with only small marks and scuffs that you would from a vehicle used for work purposes. There are also some superficial scratches around the door handles. It has been equipped with a Safari snorkel, side protection runners, and an under-engine sump guard. The wheels are 16-inch ‘Boost’ alloys, which are in great shape.

Inside, the seats are upholstered in partial leather with cloth centre panels. All of the trim presents well, with no rips or holes, and only modest wear. There is a noticeable green mark on the nearside rear seat, however. Some small scuffs are visible on the plastic trims around the doors and floor edges, while the mats are generally in good condition. All of the switchgear works as it should, and the factory-fitted equipment includes heated front seats and air-conditioning.

At the back of the car, the boot area has been equipped with a bolt-in workshop arrangement, incorporating a small bench seat as well as heavy-duty drawers, and additional power and lighting. These modifications are straightforward to remove, should the next owner wish to use the luggage area for other purposes. There is a small split in the rear door rubber seal, so this would benefit from replacement in due course.

Mechanically, this Defender is in superb order, having been well cared-for from new. The last notable maintenance was the fitment of a new clutch and slave cylinder, carried out in May 2020 at 50,345 miles by Stroud Road Garage. The same workshop carried out a full service in August 2019, with new engine oil and filter at 49,427 miles. Prior to this it was seen and serviced in July 2018 at 47,787 miles and in July 2017 at 39,719 miles.

The most recent MOT test was on 2 August 2019 at 49,427 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with only two advisories. The high-level brake light was disconnected at the time of the test, and some wear was noted on the rear brake discs. Its wheels are shod in BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres with plenty of tread.

Accompanying the car is the original blue vinyl book wallet, housing the owner’s manual, quick start guide, and stamped service record. Two sets of keys and remote fobs are also present, along with the jack and wheel kit under the driver’s seat.

This Land Rover Defender 110 XS Utility is an immensely competent ‘workhorse’, but is also a collectable car in its own right. Its design is instantly recognisable, and conjures images of over-land exploration. In fact, this car’s specification means it could also be the foundation for a bespoke adventure vehicle build. While there are a few minor cosmetic blemishes, this is a well-maintained Defender that is ready for many more miles of service as a reliable utility vehicle.

All cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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