1989 Land Rover 6 x6 Defender 110

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1989 Land Rover 6 x6 Defender 110

Spotted in Carlsbad, California is a 1989 Land Rover 6 x6 Defender 110 for $68,000 USD. Here is a unique opportunity to buy one of the most rugged overland vehicles to exist. This is a 6 x6 Defender Ambulance produced by JRA Limited for the Australian Army and manufactured and assembled in Moorebank, New South Wales. It is 1 of 92 ambulance variants built. This vehicle has a 4 cylinder 3.9L turbo diesel Isuzu engine. It entered service in May 1989 and legally exported to the USA in June of 2016. It was originally titled in Nevada but now holds a South Dakota title with current registration until August 2020.

The rear module is built with galvanized steel box frame and constructed of double walled fiberglass. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The rear is equipped with its own air conditioning unit powered by a dedicated compressor. Heat is provided to the rear via hot water radiator transferring engine heat.

Power is managed from a 28 volt generator in the engine compartment distributed through a power control panel. There is 24 volt power in the rear compartment and 12 volt for the front cab. The seller states that the rear cabin can fit a queen mattress.

some other upgrades; new +2” Terrra Firma expedition shocks and springs up front with skeleton towers, heavy duty commercial/military grade Terra Firma rear shocks, new RTC Terra Firma steering damper, new custom exhaust with chromed smoke stack, reverse camera with full time video feed, new slotted disc brakes and pads, new wheel bearings and seals, new BF Goodrich K02 tires 235/85 R16 on Steel Wolf wheels all around with only about 1,000 miles on them. New spare tire is mounted under the rear compartment near the rear bumper. Just changed differential fluids, belts, filters. New 12 volt HD battery ( Costco ) up front. The large rear window was upgraded from Plexi to tinted auto glass with privacy curtain. Tinted side window with manual crank and screen was added to the rear compartment.
In the front compartment a folding console center jump seat was added along with a locking Tuffy security console. A New custom roof rack from Baja Racks is mounted above the front cab on Yakima round bars with 1A raingutter tall towers. Uniden Bearcraft Off Road CB with FireStick antenna.

The Perentie 6×6’s are 4” taller and 10” wider than a regular Defender 110. The cab has a much larger windshield with a better field of view and a higher ride position. We’ve owned a few regular Defender 110’s and the Perentie is by far the most comfortable. The front cab also has extra leg room and a large glove box. The front dash provides plenty of flat surfaces for installing additional hardware or electronics.
Two years ago we were fortunate to be selected as a featured truck for Overland West Expo in Flagstaff, AZ. We also had a chance to take a few laps on the Land Rover Challenge Course ( see photos ). In 6 wheel drive Low we easily crawled across all the obstacles. Three axles and a wide track made easy work of each challenge. The rear cantilever suspension makes for an incredibly smooth ride in the back. The truck was just voted Editor’s Choice at the Adventure Expo in Orange County.

Perentie Defender info:
The Perentie 4×4 and 6×6 are Australian-designed and built derivatives of the Land Rover 110. The 6×6 is designed to carry two tons or more across country and has its own unique chassis. Front suspension is by live axle and coil-springs. The rear bogie employs two leaf springs and a load-sharing rocker on each side. This rocker is cranked, and the leaf springs on each side overlap, so that the springs can be longer and the rear axles can be closer together.

Key Features:
Galvanized chassis
Galvanized one-piece bulkhead
Galvanized cab/floor with exception of standard doors
Custom steel reinforced fiberglass rear module
Salisbury rear axles, re-enforced front axle
Disc brakes with dual master cylinder
Power steering
Isuzu 4BD1 3.9L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine
4 speed LT95A gearbox

In current configuration, cruises 60mph on the highway with 2-finger steering. Top speed we have clocked was 67mph via GPS. No wobbles, shimmy, unsteadiness. 6 wheel disc brakes allow for short stopping distances. The turbo makes for easy navigation of congested roads with added acceleration. The 3.9 liter turbo diesel turns out about 23mpg on the freeway, about 18mpg in stop and go traffic. Dual 15 gallon tanks ( left and right side fillers ) are equipped with cockpit selector switch and have a low fuel dash indicator light. Additional external racks hold 2 jerry cans ( 5 gallon each ). Front mounted 10,000lbs PTO winch. Bonnet mounted farm implements ( shovel, axe, and pick ). Two additional external rear storage compartments.

The original build price for this Perentie 6X6 ambulance was over $275,000. Here’s your chance to own one of the most unique overland rigs ever built at a fraction of the cost.

Currently located in Oceanside, CA ( North San Diego County )
Price includes clear South Dakota title and registration.

Price $68,000 USD

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  • Graham Clayton
    October 24, 2020

    The Perentie was named after an Australian goanna lizard, and was phased out of Australian Army service in 2013.