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Car Of The Day: February 13, 2018; Hongwell '97 Land Rover Defender 90
Topic Started: Feb 13 2018, 03:24 AM (130 Views)
Dean-o-mite
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Today's car of the day is Hongwell's 1997 Land Rover Defender 90.


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The Land Rover Defender (initially called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten) is a British four-wheel drive off-road vehicle developed in the 1980s from the original Land Rover Series which was launched in June 1948. After a continuous run of 67 years production, finally ended on 29 January 2016 when the last Defender, H166 HUE, rolled off the production line. The model was introduced in 1983 as "Land Rover One Ten", and in 1984 the "Land Rover Ninety" was added the numbers representing the respective wheelbases in inches. (In fact the Ninety was nearer 93 inches at 92.9".) The number was spelled in full in advertising and in handbooks and manuals, and the vehicles also carried badges above the radiator grille which read "Land Rover 90" or "Land Rover 110", with the number rendered numerically. The Ninety and One Ten replaced the earlier Land Rover Series, and at the time of launch, the only other Land Rover model in production was the Range Rover. In 1989, a third model was brought out by Land Rover to be produced in parallel with the other two: the Land Rover Discovery. To avoid possible confusion, the 1991 model year Ninety and the One Ten were renamed the "Defender 90" and "Defender 110". These carried front badges that said "Defender", with a badge on the rear of the vehicle saying "Defender 90" or "Defender 110".



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Hongwell's Land Rover Defender was released in the mid-2000's. While the most of the detail is impressive, Hongwell phoned it in for the roof, creating the safari windows and sunroof by simply applying a silver tampo print. My selection of a model year is a guess, plucked from within the range of when the "Defender" badge appeared on the hood. If there is something that identifies this as a different model year (or set of model years), please chime in!


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The biggest change to the Land Rover came in late 1990, when it became the Land Rover Defender, instead of the Land Rover 90 or 110. This was because in 1989 the company had introduced the Discovery model, requiring the original Land Rover to acquire a name. The Discovery also had a new turbodiesel engine, the 200TDi. This was also loosely based on the existing 2.5-liter turbo unit, and was built on the same production line, but had a modern alloy cylinder head, improved turbocharging, intercooling and direct injection. It retained the block, crankshaft, main bearings, cambelt system, and other ancillaries as the Diesel Turbo. The breather system included an oil separator filter to remove oil from the air in the system, thus finally solving the Diesel Turbo's main weakness of re-breathing its own sump oil. The 200Tdi, produced 107 hp, which was nearly a 25% improvement on the engine it replaced (although as installed in the Defender the engine was de-tuned slightly from its original Discovery 111 hp specification due to changes associated with the turbo position and exhaust routing).



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jedimario
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This one wouldn't stand out today with the glut of high quality 1/64s recently (especially with that roof), but in their day these Hongwells were something else! And it still is very nice.
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juantoo3
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What Hongwell lacks in size it makes up for with modeling ability. The roof is forgivable at that size.
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daniel60
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Nice pictures Dean. Minty fresh.
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toyotageek
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I think it's quite a nice looking model, even with the roof, and wouldn't mind owning a few examples.
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pjedsel
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I think the 1/72nd Hongwell models are still very nice - sure don't see much of them like you used to. While I have no problem with the 1/72nd scale it would have been awesome for all those Hongwell emergency vehicles that I have in my collection to be 1/64th scale! :D
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Pegers
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toyotageek
Feb 13 2018, 11:02 AM
I think it's quite a nice looking model, even with the roof, and wouldn't mind owning a few examples.
i am with Mike... :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Swifty
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The Mustang II is a Mustang too!
It's very nice. The roof would look better with the tampos wiped...
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ivantt
New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
They did a decent effort.
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