Your definitive guide to all four generations of the Discovery:
In production from 1989, by James Taylor
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1990 Land Rover Discovery 1
Chassis number: SALLJGBF7GA448770
Registration number: G577 TGY
Engine type: 2.5 TDi Diesel
Gearbox type: 5 Speed
The Discovery is arguably the car that saved Land Rover. Launched in October 1989, it was based on the drive train of the first generation Range Rover but with a lower specification and price, intended to make it a direct alternative to the offerings of the Japanese manufacturers. The bold and innovative interior was designed by Terence Conran.
This very early 3-door in Windjammer Blue is from the first year of production and was registered on 7 June 1990. Its first owner was a GP in Kent who replaced his 1972 Range Rover with the Discovery. He used the Discovery sparingly and finally decided to part with it in early 2014 at which time it still had only 51,000 miles on the clock.
It is a beautifully-original vehicle in amazing condition both inside and out. The first owner specified many extras when he ordered the car including an alarm, sun hatch, tow pack, dog guard, seat and spare wheel covers, side rubbing strips and wheel arch extensions.
The car was loaned to JLR in 2014 to participate in a number of rallies in Germany including the Hamburg-Berlin and the inaugural Rallye One! event, where it formed part of the official JLR team entry alongside a 1949 Land Rover Series 1, an E-Type Jaguar and an S-Type saloon.