It started as a bog standard 1.8 Freelander that we used as a staff car for a couple of years, before transforming it into a tasty Tangiers Orange 2003-spec G4 replica. It popped up again in the pages of LRO in 2007, where the new owner described how he’d fitted updated lights and bumpers from a 2004 Freelander, a walnut dash and an upgraded satnav. At that time it was destined for export to Thailand, but luckily for us Brits, it’s still here.
In 2011 it had a different owner, who spent a considerable sum and upgraded the interior to 2006 spec, then auctioned it on eBay where someone picked it up for a song.
And now the old soldier is back on eBay again, this time with a new 1.8-litre engine (as the old one was getting on a bit).
A string of dedicated enthusiasts – us included – have now made their mark on this Freelander, but as far as we can tell, none has been able to use it to its full potential. It’s still ready for action with the raised air intake, under body protection and superb Safety Devices roof rack that we gave it.
So next time we see it, we want it to be battling up a mountain in Peru.