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Pick of the Day: 1996 Land Rover Defender 90 packed for overland travel

The off-roader has a custom ‘camper box’ with rooftop tent and other assorted gear


If you have the itch for outdoor adventure, this Land Rover could scratch it, equipped as it is with a custom-built rooftop tent/camper setup to keep you high and dry when sleeping over in wild country.  

The Pick of the Day is a 1996 Land Rover Defender 90 from the iconic British off-road brand, a rugged stalwart of jungles, forests and deserts around the world, with the added bonus of the self-contained unit that would permit multi-day excursions far into back country. And when you get back home, the camping gear can be removed and the 4-wheeler turned back into stock configuration for day-to-day driving.

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“The camper box is removable and easy to convert for use as a standard wagon or convertible,” according to the Aiken, South Carolina, dealer advertising the Land Rover on ClassicCars.com. “Factory side windows, rear windows and green body side panels come with the sale.”

The Land Rover, in its factory color of Coniston Olive Green, has upgraded seating, a brush guard protecting the grille and headlights, extra off-road lighting, and “a long list of aftermarket upgrades,” notes the dealer notes, who includes in the ad a lengthy list of the add-ons.

Although the Land Rover has gone more than 100,000 miles, the dealer says that careful maintenance has kept it looking and running like new.

“Previous ownership performed regular maintenance and kept this Defender in great mechanical condition for all of their overland adventures,” the ad says.

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“The 1996 Land Rover Defender 90 features the most-sought-after engine and transmission combination: the high-performance 300TDI 2.5L turbo diesel mated to the desirable smooth-shifting 5 speed manual r380 transmission. 

“The engine runs like a top and transmission shifts smooth. Engine bay is clean and tidy.”

, Pick of the Day: 1996 Land Rover Defender 90 packed for overland travel, ClassicCars.com Journal

Photos with the ad show the Land Rover with the “camp box” attached, with pictures of the tent erected and the ladder deployed to access the rooftop perch.

The asking price for this interesting Land Rover ready to drive into the wilderness is $47,480.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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