LAND ROVER IDENTIFICATION
Land Rovers have been around since 1948 and, while the idea behind their construction hasn't changed, the models have.
As the years have rolled by, the model revisions have become more frequent...and more subtle. When purchasing parts, it's important to know exactly what model Land Rover you own. Minor exterior changes often signal major differences in how both parts and accessories will fit your vehicle.
We've produced this chart to help you determine which model you own so you can order parts and accessories with confidence.
|LAND ROVER DEFENDER|
Defender 90 (1994 -1997 - for North American Market)
This 3.9-liter V8 convertible marked Land Rover's introduction of the Defender 90 to the U.S. market. It sports 2 doors and short wheelbase of 90". Land Rover stopped importing them to these shores in 1997.
Defender 90 Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
SALLDV228*RA- 1994 90 soft top manual
Defender 90 Gearbox:
Defender 90 Transfer Case:
Defender 90 Engine Identification::
The 110 Defender was a Limited Edition, 5 door station wagon with only 500 "officially" ever sold in the United States. 110 refers to its 110" long wheelbase.
Defender 110 Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
Defender 110 Gearbox:
(1993, 110) LT77S manual 61A00001 5 speed V8 w/ oil cooler
Defender 110 Transfer Case:
LT230T-22D00001 (110) Auto ZF 4- spd.
|LAND ROVER DISCOVERY|
Discovery 1 (1994 - mid 1999)
The ever-popular Discovery model was introduced here in the States in 1994. They are easily distinguished by the unusual raised roof with alpine windows and roof rack. And, the top of the taillight aligns with the top of the license plate lamp.
Discovery I Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
Discovery I Gearbox:
(1994-99) R380 manual 53A00001 5 speed; ZF 4-spd. (no prefix) auto.
Discovery I Transfer Case:
(1994-99) LT230T 28D00001
Discovery I Engine Identification:
Discovery Series II (mid 1999 - 2003)
Discovery Series II made its debut mid 1999. Although 85% of the Series II is different from its predecessor, the differences are very subtle from the outside. The most obvious change is the elevated position of the taillights - on the Series II the bottom of the taillight lines up with the top of the license plate lamp. It also sports the Discovery Series II logo on back under the license plate.
Discovery Series II Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
Discovery Series II Gearbox:
Discovery Series II Transfer Case:
Discovery Series II Engine Identification:
When shopping online look for the Model code of D2 for parts that will fit your vehicle.
Range Rover Classic - Grey Market (1970 - 1986)
The Range Rover Classic debuted the same year as Atlantic British - in 1970. Any model pre-dating 1987 in the United States is considered a "grey market" Range Rover, as they were not imported by Land Rover until that year. If your Range Rover has 2 doors, a manual transmission or a carbureted engine, it's a Grey Market vehicle.
Range Rover Classic - Short Wheel Base
The Short Wheelbase model carried through from '87 to '95, and the easiest way to distinguish a "Classic" from a new model (4.0/4.6 Range Rover, or 2003 Range Rover 4.4) is at the roof line. If it has rain gutters, it's a Classic. (See pictures for dimensions.)
When shopping online look for the Model code of RC for parts that will fit your vehicle. A small number of parts will only fit the Long Wheel Base (LWB) vehicles and are indicated in the product title.
Range Rover Classic - Long Wheel Base
Long Wheelbase model from '93 to '95. (See pictures for dimensions.)
NOTE: When shopping online, a small number of parts will only fit the Short Wheel Base (SWB) vehicles and are indicated in the product title. There is also a sub-vehicle - the Range Rover Classic 1995 model. While this vehicle shares many of the same parts as all Classics, it also shares some parts with the Discovery I vehicle.
Range Rover Classic - County / Great Divide / Hunter
Were all limited editions of this already exclusive SUV and can be distinguished by the identifying badges on the tailgate.
Notes on Range Rover Classic vehicles:
Range Rover Classic Gearbox:
Range Rover Classic Transfer Case:
Range Rover Classic Engine Identification:
Range Rover 4.0/4.6 (1995 - 2002)
The new rounded body shape of the new-model Range Rover makes it easy to distinguish from its somewhat boxy predecessor. The plastic molded bumpers are integrated into the design, as are the headlamps, fog lamps and roof molding strips with trap doors were added for roof rack mounting, eliminating the rain gutters.
The major difference between 4.0 and 4.6 models is found under the hood, with the 4.6 (introduced in '96) referring to the larger 4.6 displacement engine.
Range Rover 4.0SE Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
Range Rover 4.6HSE Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N. #):
Range Rover 4.0/4.6 Engine Identification:
|SERIES LAND ROVER|
Now considered collector's items, the earliest model Land Rover Series were the toughest, most versatile vehicles on and off the road. Although the model number didn't change, the engine and wheelbase often did, as engineers had decided from the beginning to identify only major production changes. Wheelbases for instance - measured from hub center to hub center - changed three times on the Series I, so it's important to know the model year before ordering parts. If you're not sure of the year, these clues may help. One word of caution however: many of these vehicles have been in-and-out of garages over the course of their lives and often include retrofitted parts mixed from model to model, so the clues should be considered guidelines only.
Series I (1948-1958)
Series II - Early (1958 thru 1960)
More power and a new body style distinguished the Series II from its rough-and-ready predecessor. The alteration from a flat fender treatment to a curved look is the only major styling change here. The new body style included sill panels to hide the chassis and the exhaust. The engine was bumped up to a more powerful 2.25 liters, while the wheelbase options remained at 88" and 109".
Series IIA - Late (1961 to early 1971)
Series IIA's are often referred to as "early" or "late"...the fall of 1967 being the dividing line. The big change involved the polarity of the electric system and a centrally located wiper mounted on the dash.
Series III (late 1971 to 1984)
To keep the owners guessing, the Series IIA became the Series III in the fall of 1971, with some "transitional" alterations along the way.