What’s the story?
Neil Elliot bought this Camel Trophy Discovery about six months ago, having been fascinated by all things Camel Trophy for some time. He and his wife Niki have had plenty of other Land Rovers - and Neil admits to being a serial petrolhead, with a string of performance cars behind him. However, once the Camel Trophy bug bites, it bites hard; Neil had a Camel Trophy 110 for a while, sold it on, wanted it back, and then found this Discovery.
It looks like a 1997 Camel trophy Discovery, doesn’t it? All the visuals are right, and the decals are spot-on. Well, don’t let that 1998 S-reg plate fool you. This Discovery was ‘declared new on first registration’ by Land Rover in December that year, but it certainly wasn’t newly manufactured. The T in its VIN prefix makes it a 1996 model, and a quick check with the appropriate records shows that it was actually built on December 20, 1995. So, what was going on?
Our Favourite bit?
The 3.9-litre petrol V8 engine is one of the clearest indications that Neil’s Discovery was never meant to be a Camel Trophy crew vehicle - these were mostly Tdi-powered. A similar vehicle owned by Camel Trophy Club members was converted to 300Tdi by Land Rover.
And the verdict from LRO writer James Taylor?
It has just over 77,000 miles on the clock, it drives beautifully and it’s decked out in the famous Camel Trophy livery. Neil Elliot is delighted with the Camel Trophy Discovery - and who wouldn’t be?
Engine 3.9-litre V8 petrol Power 182bhp at 4750rpm Torque 233 lb ft at 3100rpm Gearbox R380 five-speed manual with LT230 transfer box Suspension Standard Coil Sorings Interior Non-airbag, non-sunroof specification Exterior Presented as a 1997 Camel Trophy Mongolia Vehicle, it was actually built with a 1996 Camel Trophy Kalimantan specification. We think!