1997 Land Rover Discovery SD SUV

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  • VIN: SALJY1241VA545816
  • Stock: 210513
  • Mileage: 98,253
  • Color: Rioja Red
  • Trans: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Engine: 4L V8 16V
  • Title: Clear
  • Interior: Tan
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1997 Land Rover Discovery 4x4 

 • Next-to-last model year for first-generation Discovery 
 • Hard to find and clean Disco 1 showing only 97k miles 
 • 4.0L aluminum V-8 engine with sequential multi-port fuel injection
 • Four-speed automatic transmission (ZF 4HP22) and 3.54 gearing 
 • Dual-range transfer case with locking center differential 
 • Rioja Red Metallic exterior (code 601) and Bahama Beige leather interior 
 • Air-conditioning and dual-zone climate control, power steering, cruise control, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power locks, Alpine windows and tilt steering column 
 • Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear-mounted spare tire 
 • 23.4-gallon fuel tank and 100-inch wheelbase 

Need a new go-anywhere companion just beginning its second life? We have the perfect one in this 1997 Land Rover Discovery 4x4. Nineteen ninety-seven was the next-to-last model year for the first-generation Discovery. We are proud to over this Disco 1 in such great overall condition and showing less than 100k miles! This have become so hard to find in recent years and the original Discovery will forever be a classic! 

Made in Solihull, England, this example is finished in very desirable Rioja Red Metallic (code 601) and the paint and trim are in overall excellent condition. The bodywork is straight and solid, the cargo area behind the second row looks great and comes with a cargo cover, the engine bay is extremely tidy and the black bumper fit tightly to the SUV’s body. 

This Land Rover rolls on Hankook DynaPro ATM tires, size 235/70R16 at every corner and has a Michelin 4x4 rear-mounted spare tire, also size 235/70R16. 

Under the hood is a 4.0L aluminum V-8 engine with sequential multi-port fuel injection. Backing up this motor is a four-speed automatic transmission (code ZF 4HP22) and a 3.54:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning and dual-zone climate control, power steering, cruise control, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power locks, Alpine windows and tilt steering column. 

Safety equipment includes dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes. 

The Bahama Beige leather interior is in overall very good condition. The front bucket and rear bench seats look great, as does the matching carpet and headliner. California walnut wood interior trim bedecks the instrument panel, which is in very good shape and the gauges are framed by a four-spoke steering wheel. The center console and console-mounted shift lever look great. A factory AM/FM stereo with cassette deck completes the interior. 

The 1994 model year marked the first year that the Land Rover Discovery was sold in the United States. Airbags were incorporated into the design of the 1994 model to meet the requirements of US motor vehicle safety regulations, though they were not fitted as standard in all markets. All North American specification (NAS) models were fitted with the 3.9-litre V8 from the Range Rover SE models, and later models saw a change to the 4.0-litre version of the engine. 

Technically speaking, the 1996-98 US models with 4.0-litre engines had the same displacement as the 3.9-litre engines fitted to the earlier 1994-95 US models; the differences between the engines involved improvements to the block rigidity and pistons, and a change from the Lucas 14CUX engine management to the distributor-less Generic Engine Management System (“GEMS.” In earlier 3.9-liter US engines, the fuel injection computer (14CUX) did not control the ignition, which was instead controlled by a traditional system with an ignition coil and distributor made by Lucas. The GEMS system was developed jointly by Lucas and SAGEM; it controlled both spark timing and fuel injection. Unlike the earlier systems fitted to Rover V-8 engines, GEMS was made OBD-II compliant. This change was largely driven by the federal requirement (starting in 1996) for vehicles sold in the United States to meet the OBD-II specification. 

Competition to this Land Rover in 1997 included Acura’s SLX, Chevrolet’s S-10 Blazer, Ford’s Explorer, GMC’s S-15 Jimmy, Infiniti’s QX4, Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, Mercury’s then-new Mountaineer, Mitsubishi’s Montero, Nissan’s Pathfinder and Toyota’s 4Runner. 

If you’re looking to get on with a 4x4 that will become a definitive classic in 2022, you should check out this Land Rover. It is barely broken in and remains in great shape. Stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to see it for yourself. 

VIN: SALJY1241VA545816 

This truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 98,253 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. 

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Options and Standard Features
Basic Information
  • Stock Number: 210513
  • VIN Number: SALJY1241VA545816
  • Style Name: AWD SD 4Dr SUV
  • Make: Land Rover
  • Model: Discovery
  • Model Year: 1997
  • Type: SUV
  • Vehicle Trim: SD
  • Interior Color: Tan
  • Exterior Color: Rioja Red
  • Body Type: SUV
  • MPG Automatic City: 12
  • MPG Automatic Highway: 16
  • Engine Description: 4L V8 16V
  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • Fuel Induction: FI
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 2
  • Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Wheels Rims: Alloy
  • Drive Train Type: AWD
  • Tachometer
Roof and Glass
  • Front Wipers: Intermittent
  • Rear Defogger
  • Rear Wiper
In Car Entertainment
  • Audio System: AM/FM
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Front Seat Type: Bucket
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Cruise Control
  • Steering Adjustment: Tilt
  • Steering Power
  • Steering Wheel Control: Audio
  • Auto Dimming Mirrors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Door Locks
  • Windows: Power Windows
  • Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • ABS: 4-Wheel
  • Anti Theft System: Alarm
  • Fog Lights
  • Driver and Passenger Airbag
Towing and Hauling
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Front Head Room: 37.4 Inches
  • Front Hip Room: 58.9 Inches
  • Front Leg Room: 38.5 Inches
  • Rear Head Room: 39.2 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 58.9 Inches
  • Rear Leg Room: 36.3 Inches
  • Maximum Seating: 5
  • Length: 178.70 Inches
  • Width: 70.6 Inches
  • Height: 77.40 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 100.0 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 8.1 Inches
  • Max Gross Vehicle Weight: 6019 Lbs.
  • Curb Weight: 4465 Lbs.
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  • The vehicle is offered with a right to a personal inspection by any bidder or agent of any bidder. The Vehicle is being sold by a Licensed State of Missouri Dealer (Motoexotica Classic Cars).
  • Any Missouri resident must pay local MO sales tax and licensing fees to the Missouri Department of Revenue. All others will do so in their home state.
  • All used vehicles should be assumed to have some degree of wear. (No vehicle is perfect to everyone.) Each vehicle has its strengths, shortcomings, styles and tendencies.  Therefore, despite our best efforts to verify a vehicle’s mechanical condition, we are not able to warranty a manufacturer’s workmanship or previous owner’s diligence in care. It is for this reason that all vehicles are sold “AS IS”. We have described the above mentioned vehicle to the best of our ability. However, with all pre-owned automobiles, the condition is subjective. Please be advised that no oral or written statements concerning any vehicle constitutes a representation or warranty of the condition of the said vehicle.
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  • A Refundable deposit in the amount of $500.00 must be received within Twenty-Four (24) hours of the auctions close either by Master Card, Visa or PayPal. The buyer has seven (7) days from close of auction to inspect the vehicle. If the vehicle is not to your liking within this seven day inspection period then your deposit will be refunded 100%. If an inspection or decision takes longer then seven days and you find the vehicle not to your liking, your deposit will be forfeited and the car will be relisted for sale.
  • Final payment must be received within ten (10) days of the auction close. The refundable deposit only applies if you or an agent inspect said vehicle in St. Louis and find it not to your liking. MotoeXotica will not be responsible for buyers remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. Most of the cars we deal with are vintage and will need TLC and some degree of attention eventually. These are not new vehicles and should not be treated as such.
  • Once full payment has been received, Seller will email a copy of clear title, Bill of Sale, buyers guide and additional DMV forms to the Buyer to sign and return via Docusign. The forms must be returned to the Seller prior to the shipment of said vehicle upon receipt of signed documents. Original paperwork will be sent to Buyer via USPS Priority Mail. If paid by company or personal check, original dues will be held seven (7) to ten (10) business days. Transportation will commence only after final payment and signed documentation are received.
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International Transportation

We are happy to accommodate our overseas buyers! Over the last 10 years we have exported cars to Norway, Germany, Estonia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, Brazil, British Columbia, Canada and other locations around the world. Overseas shipments will be placed into a steel container for safe sea passage. We take care of all the details and paperwork. All you have to do is collect the car at port and enjoy!

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