Used Car of the Day: 1988 Land Rover 110 300TDi

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Only about 10 to 20 percent of the time do I want to actually buy what we post in this feature. I don't post vehicles I like -- I post stuff that I think you guys will find interesting (and yes, that includes half-dead vehicles in need of serious restoration). That said, this 1988 Land Rover 110 300TDi makes me feel things.

It's got a five-speed manual transmission, and importantly for us American and Canadian folks, is left-hand drive.

The cylinder head and radiator are new, as are the wheels and tires and brakes. That last bit includes the brake rotors.

The seller says other work has been put in to keep this Rover running well, and it looks clean in photos.

The ask is a somewhat hefty $40,000 and this trucklet/wagon is available in Omaha.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Carson D Carson D on Feb 27, 2024

    Hasn't the federal government that can't be bothered keeping cop-killing illegal aliens off the streets found the time to track down Defender imports and crush them under the suspicion that most of the parts are less than 25 years old?

    This is what a real 1988 Defender 110 looks like: 1988 Land Rover Defender 110 Turbodiesel VIN: SALLDHMB8EA323463 - CLASSIC.COM Good luck.

  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Feb 27, 2024

    I was in the middle of swallowing a mouthful of coffee when I read the $40,000 asking prices. My monitor is soaked with cafe con leche now. Thanks! Oh, no indication of mileage or the use it's seen over its life. Uh huh. It is pretty.

  • Paul Alexander Pretty cool that WalMart, the driving force behind consumer products all being Made-In-China and the destruction of Main Street USA, is considered patriotic.
  • Vatchy I don't see the problem. 99% of people I see on the road don't use turn signals anyway.
  • Slavuta Mazda3 is a great car @$20K inflation money
  • Tassos Maybe Fisker and his buddy Bob Lutz will buy a couple and use them to be BURIED IN THEM.
  • Peter CHAdeMo charging ports. In 2024? I thought everyone quit using those a decade ago. Its almost like Nissan is intentionally trying to go broke.