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The FunRover Test Vehicle – Winton

The original Defender we used to test all review products and to create our how to guides.

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

October 14, 2010

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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Our test vehicle is a humble, 14 year-old hard-top Defender. It started life in the Special Vehicles branch of Land Rover - thanks to ex-owners, the National Grid, our Landy has quite a unique specification.


  • Webasto sun-roof
  • Webasto night heater
  • Ply (and now carpet) lined
  • Fully Waxoyled
  • Dixon Bate adjustable tow pack
  • Genuine Land Rover cubby box
  • Light cages

The 90 received an electronic Webasto sun-roof (a large, canvas sunroof that measures around 3 foot in length. We're still trying to fathom what it was used for exactly - though it's most likely for some sort of instrument that was fitted in the back, EDIT: We now know that it was used to house a thermal camera in the rear). Also fitted, a Webasto night heater, Dixon Bate tow-pack, a cubby box and some rather neat ply lining.

Aerial view, complete with Webasto Sun-roof. Haworth, August 2010

Because of the Webasto sunroof, Land Rover deemed that a normal county roof lining wouldn't fit - so our Defender has a truck-cab head lining up front and a bizarre fabric cover running the length of the rear. Interior trim is pretty bog standard, with a very sodden rubber floor matting (a few leaks need sorting) in front and factory standard vinyl twill seats. It's nice to have a factory alarm and immobiliser fitted, helping with insurance premiums greatly, as well increasing security - a must in today's world.


Out and about in Winton

We even have a Land Rover CD player! Then there's the odd optional parts knocking around the Landy, such as the light cages front and rear - but other than that it's your typical standard National Grid Land Rover.

It's easy to see that this 90 has been very well looked after by the National Grid, never going wanting for any parts. It's also quite low-mileage (at least in 14 year-old Land Rover terms), when purchased, we became the second-owners, at 55,000 miles. "Winton" only ever had one driver too, so all-in-all it's a pretty solid base to use as our test vehicle.

On a Greelaning trip in 2010

This is the Landy we try out all our review items on. So far, it's been left pretty bog standard, but products are being reviewed all the time, so this little Landy is changing each and every day (the Land Rover has changed a lot since this article was written, check out some of our reviews). All green-laning trips, all reviews and all guides are performed on this humble, but special Land Rover Defender.

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  1. Paul says:

    What a clean looking Ninety (well Defender)! My 2007 Defender doesn’t look that good 🙂

    • Ben Gribbin Ben Gribbin says:

      Thanks Paul! I’m sure it’s not that good looking, the new bonnet bulge and dash really add to the Defender. Up close we’re starting to get some body corrosion, so a re-spray post is on the cards within the next year…

  2. Jo says:

    Do you have any close-ups of the Sunroof? Sounds quite interesting, but I can only just see it folded up on the image at the top.

  3. Sam says:

    nice landrover i have 04 defender in blue :}

  4. Sam says:

    No but do you?

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