Pinnacle of British automotive engineering ??? Perhaps you are unaware that the prototype was based on a Jeep, and used Jeep running gear. I went on a factory visit back in the 80's and I can tell you the way they were put together was as agricultural as the vehicle itself, guys using hydraulic jacks to bend the doors so the would actually fit and so on. And you missed reliability off your list of things you don't get. I'm reminded of the old Aussie joke, " if you want to go into the cutback take a Land Rover, if you want to come back again take a Landcruiser ". Anyone in a Wrangler needing to be rescued by a Landie should hang their head in shame. I had a chuckle in the other direction when one of their 4x4 mags tested a brand new Range Rover and a Disco. Both broke down and had to be rescued by their "recovery" vehicle, an XJ Cherokee !!Fun vehicles, utterly basic. Mine were reliable, usually easily fixed when they did have problems. Parts are easy to come by, but so much of what is on the market is world-changing trash, and the best quality worthwhile parts cost more.
What you get..
Cheap to run except on fuel, I'd get 21mpg on a run with overdrive. Off road, a fraction of that.
The pinnacle of British automotive engineering.
A never ending battle against rust.
What you don't get..
Legroom, (109s have more than the 88s though)
Cargo space though see legroom above.
The ability to drive at over 45mph without thinking that Armageddon is happening under the bonnet.
Somewhere for your right elbow.
Heat from the heater.
Security, esp with a soft top.
I've video of one of my mates in his s2 88 rescuing a stuck jeep wrangler in Wales, oh how we laughed.
If covid has taught us anything it's that life is too short. If you can afford it buy the damn thing and have some fun.I think evryone is missing the fact that this is mint, it won't be used for ploughing, it will not go through mud, it will not be driven 200 miles in one hit. I imagine I'll do 200 miles a year in it, it will never see rain or a wet road, it will be garaged always.
It's a collectors item, but will make me smile.
No one would drive the lotus for comfort and reliability either.
I shall find out, this is all guess work. May have been galvanised. I won't part with dough until I've had it looked at by a specialist, did the same thing with the lotus.If the chassis is powdercoated, then that would significantly devalue the car, as you would have to wonder what other madness the builder had considered sensible.
Powder over hot dip wouldn't be so bad, but would still make you wonder what they were thinking of.I shall find out, this is all guess work. May have been galvanised. I won't part with dough until I've had it looked at by a specialist, did the same thing with the lotus.
I have the last real defender, a 110 CSW 300Tdi. It was all down hill from there Two owners from new. I bought it 17 years ago with 16000 miles on the clock. It is waiting for some spare cash to sort the body work out. The metal mice have been munching the alloy.Since they stopped making the real Defender all the earlier models have gone up in value, probably because they now only make SUV's and no proper all terrain vehicles.
Friend of mine has just bought one. Havent had the heart to ask when his salon opens.If covid has taught us anything it's that life is too short. If you can afford it buy the damn thing and have some fun.
I bought an MX-5 6 weeks ago. Never owned a roadster, always wanted one. See above.
Wouldn't horrify me at all, if you want to blow big dough on a land rover and wreck it that's fine if it floats your boat. Would you really spend say £25k on a LR and wreck it or would you buy a beaten up one?My fault - I don't get collecting. Things are for using, not polishing. In no way is that a criticism - different strokes etc. I would horrify most collectors by using your landrover for proper farmwork until such time as I wore it out. That's what Landrovers are for in my mind. For you it is pride of ownership and an investment. For me it's a very uncomfortable part of my youth, and we have Toyota and Mitsubishi to thank for advances in technology.
BTW, why won't you use it for plowing? It's fun, unless you have 500 acres to get done before it rains.
I don't see the value in an old landrover, and therein lies the problem. Oodles of people disagree with me, so I'm obviously in the minority (or just wrong). I knew a guy who collected 1950s buses - he thought they were fabulous, and I didn't get that, either. This is very much my failing, not yours.Would you really spend say £25k on a LR and wreck it or would you buy a beaten up one?
As a Jeep man I'd rather spend quite a bit less money on a nice WW2 era military Jeep, a truly iconic vehicle, and a much better head turner/talking point than any Landie will ever be. But whatever floats your boat, if you love them, as many do, then go for it. It's your money and your fun, doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Good luck with it.Wouldn't horrify me at all, if you want to blow big dough on a land rover and wreck it that's fine if it floats your boat. Would you really spend say £25k on a LR and wreck it or would you buy a beaten up one?
For me it's fun. a day out with the mrs in tow, take it to the beach etc, not sure pride comes into it, pride for me is mainly family, business and morals, investment, again I think I could make more by investing in other stuff.
Like you say horses for courses, my choices are harmless to others I hope.