The 1998 Land Rover Discovery Safari – an extinct species?

In the months before the introduction of the Land Rover Discovery Series II, Land Rover was still selling as much Discovery 1 models as it could build, attracting buyer interest with special editions like the Anniversary and this UK only Discovery Safari special edition. Is it worth hunting down?

The Land Rover Discovery Safari was introduced in June 1998 and was available in Altai Silver with grey Kestrel cloth or in Highland Green with grey or beige Kestrel cloth upholstery. It was based on the Discovery GS 7-seater model and could be had with the 300 tdi diesel or V8 petrol engine. The Safari featured some nice options inside and outside to attract buyers. The wheels for example are called Five Spoke Sports Alloys and were first seen on the 1994 Range Rover Classic Autobiography. With a total production run of 1.100 the Safari was not exactly rare, but by the time of writing 23 years later it certainly is. Most have now succumbed to rust although chances are their 300 tdi engines still power many an older Land Rover. The few survivors that occasionally pop up for sale do not command a premium, and with the bad rep old diesels have these days the Land Rover Discovery Safari will soon be extinct.

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