Unveiling the second release in Oxford’s Land Rover Discovery 1 series, this icy blue livery with its two tone grey flashes complements the launch model which appeared in the bright Firefox Red colour scheme.
Faithfully replicating the real life vehicle, our 1:76 scale miniature is registered G660 BKV from 1989, the first year of its production at the Solihull plant where its manufacture continued until 1998.
In real life, the Discovery 1 inherited some of the Range Rover characteristics including the chassis, suspension and 4 wheel drive system. It was the first Land Rover aimed at a more affordable price point to attract the daily driving family market. To this end, modifications included smaller engine size and initially a three door option, whilst still maintaining the off road facility. A plus was more luggage space and it was the only model with a 4 cylinder petrol engine option as opposed to the diesel alternative. And the driver had a choice of a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox
For the first time, Land Rover introduced a uniform interior colour scheme whatever the exterior paintwork, namely a signature Sonar Blue to seats and carpet. Luxury interior items included magazine holders above the windscreen, hand-holds for rear passengers built into the front seat head rests, new radio controls on the instrument cluster, two removable sunroof panels and a Land Rover branded cloth fabric holdall in the front centre console for storage. The dashboard retained the look of existing Land Rover vehicles including the instrument panel, digital clock, heater and air conditioning controls.
Our model has all the fine details of the original. The exterior Mistrale blue bodywork has black and silver trim, including a little retro tweak – the distinctive Morris Marina door handles. Side body and rear window flashes are finished in grey, silver and a fine blue stripe. Detailed roof bars, wheel centres and bolts are all black. The spare wheel appears fixed off centre on the rear full width door to the right of the number plate.
The interior is in Sonar Blue, enhanced with a Sonar Grey dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. It also comes with black floor mats, grey interior door handles, gearstick and hand brake.
The Discovery 1 gave the motorist both Land Rover’s renowned chunky utility features, along with the modern needs for comfort and economy.