Classic Land Rover Defender 130 tipper by Special Vehicle Operations

They don’t make them like they used to

This Land Rover Defender ‘tipper’ is not an aftermarket conversion, but was built by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations on a Defender 130 Crew Cab chassis. J346UDU was first registered in april 1992 and was powered by a 200tdi engine.

It could be ordered new at any Land Rover dealer, and not just in commercial white. The 1992 Land Rover Special Vehicles sales brochure (LR SVO584/92) shows an identical 130 tipper conversion in red, also with chequer plate on the front wings, and a drawn version in yellow. Besides the 200tdi engine, the 130 was available with a 3.5 litre V8 petrol engine. The wide rimmed 6.50jx16 wheels (ANR1534) were standard on 127/130 wheelbase Defenders, and are now very sought after. The bonnet mounted sparewheel looks standard 6jx16.

The photos of J346UDU were taken in the early nineties during a Land Rover model presentation on the parking lot of the Dutch distributor (also Rover and MG) in Vianen.

Ronald Janus
De Autoboerderij

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