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Land Rover Defender, 90 and 110 Range – Book Review

A book for the Defender enthusiast...

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

April 20, 2016

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year


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I've been spending countless hours recently researching the history of the Defender / 90 / 110. It can be painstaking to find useful info online, then verify it and compile it away. I've had to order numerous ancient back issues of the big Land Rover mags. Then I stumbled across the book:

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Land Rover Defender, 90 and 110 Range: 30 Years of the Coil-Sprung 4x4 Models by James Taylor. Taylor has served as a technical consultant to JLR itself, so you can be confident the information within is accurate and well researched.

Often times, with these kind of books, you can tell that a freelance writer has been brought in, with little or no interest in Land Rovers. This makes for a very dry, copy and paste, recounting of engine sizes and power specs. Taylor, however, has written for and even edited Land Rover magazines and really knows his stuff.

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There's a veritable treasure trove of information contained within about special edition Defenders, how the Defender came to be and the team behind the vehicle design / marketing. I garnered a lot from this single volume and just wanted to recommend it for anyone into Land Rovers. It also serves as a concise guide as to the trim levels and fittings of each MY from the early 80's. A great read!

Look out for the REAL reason the 2.4 / 2.2 TDCi models have a 'power bulge'.

Available from Amazon as a hard back or Kindle eBook


A superb book, well worth a read for any Land Rover enthusiast

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