We featured another Spanish import from Valencia Classic Vehicles last week and mentioned that we were initially drawn to a different truck that had already found a buyer. That guy backed out, but his loss could be your gain. 4 doors, seating for 9, a turbo on the diesel, and LHD add up to a perfect Rover in our book. Add to that Warwick Green with Alaskan White paint and a through refreshing and we're trying to figure out how to free up room in our garage for this rig.
We're seeing more and more Santana's on our shores lately and they run the gamut in terms of quality and trustworthiness. This 1983 Santana 109 is on the higher end of the current price range for Santanas, but it's one of the nicest we've seen. This car is 20 years older, but you'd pay at least 3x the asking price for a US-spec Defender 90 in similar condition and end up with a lesser vehicle in our opinion.
This Santana combines the some of the looks of later Defenders with the ruggedness of the Series III which is win win in our book. This is by no means a modern vehicle, nor a luxurious one, but we could see it being a daily driver without too much pain. The cabin is refreshingly clean and simple with newly upholstered front seats. The second row of traditional seats is a bonus while retaining the cachet and functionality of folding troop seats in the back.
This is a lot of mass for the 2.25L diesel, but a turbocharger and 5 speed could make highway runs to the mountains tolerable. Dual fuel tanks will make sure you get there and back too. We’re fuzzy on when these received power brakes, but if we were to daily drive this we might explore discs up front anyway. So long we we could fit them under the UN-style white wheels.
There is a very nice write up on their website about how this truck ended up being for sale outside of DC. It includes shots of the truck as they originally found it, some in-progress shots, and details of the work that went into it.
Find this 1983 Santana 109 on eBay with a clear VA title. If we don't buy it first that is.
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