Up for sale: 5-speed manual 1995 Land Rover Discovery

Source: Expedition Portal

The Land Rover Discovery is an extremely capable, long-standing warrior in the wheeling-meets-commuting world of shared missions. It’s a versatile, competent vehicle and one that has made an impact on the market it competes in and that has established itself as a nameplate of significance therein. From the Camel Trophy to the suburbs, the truck can seemingly do it all. Today’s Disco is– as we have found out time and time again— has built on the original’s purpose as a do-it-all SUV, something that can get you to and through the trail in equal comfort. Over the years the truck has evolved a substantial amount, but once-upon-a-time it was available with what now looks to be a very special option.
Back in early 2017 I drove a a 1995 Discovery with a V8 and a 5-speed manual a somewhat obscure example of the Series I run. Prior to my friend telling me about this specific truck, I didn’t know they even sold one with a stick. In hindsight it’s not surprising; the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, 4Runner, and so on could all be bought with a third pedal. And while the truck I “reviewed” was far from the best example, I loved it. Hell, even our own Jeff Glucker briefly considered buying it. The style, seating layout, V8, 5-speed, and British charm made for it to be a true gem. And now, another has turned up for sale.
This white 1995 Discovery has the right look and the right foundation. The 3.9L V8 that wooed me is present, and the white wheels match the paint for a very safari-esque (real safari, not “safari” in the sense of the trendy Porsche movement going on now) look that would be perfect on the trail or prowling about New England during the fall and winter months. It might need a little work, but what 20+ year-old vehicle– and especially, what 20+ year-old Land Rover– doesn’t?
Should you want a stick-shift Discovery of your own, hit the link to the For Sale ad here.

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8 responses to “Up for sale: 5-speed manual 1995 Land Rover Discovery”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    Crack pipe. Oh wait, wrong place. A 5-speed Disco is cool, but not $10k cool. More like 1/4 of that for one with high miles, fading paint, and a busted interior.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Exactly this. I came here to say the same: “cool, but not $10k cool”.

  2. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    He’s definitely asking an “optimistic” price but on the plus side it’s the basic SD spec so less to go worng and no leaky sunroofs and the ticking time bomb of the R380 output gear has been resolved with a reman transmission. On the minus, 23 years old, 225k miles and cracked plastics etc. As much as I like Discos, a Land Cruiser seems like a better use of $10k

  3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Isn’t the going rate for Discos like $2k-$5k? The 5-speed is a rare and desirable option, but it doesn’t double (or more) its value.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I think this generation is much closer to the $2k. $10k will get a Land Rover Series II or III or a nice 1st gen Range Rover. For $10k you could buy the nicest Disco around, import a rusty RHD 5-speed Disco from the UK, and pay someone to do the conversion.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Oof. For the asking price I’d rather have three similar vintage F150s or ten Explorers.

  5. Manxman Avatar

    I just did a quick CL check and in my neck of the woods Discos go for $1750 to $2500 but they all have at least one thing wrong with them. The best of the lot was one with 147k 1997 4.0 auto SE7 for $2200 with new tires but only one window worked. Tempting but I went through British car rehab years ago and don’t want to fall off the wagon.

  6. RobbieVT Avatar

    Half a year in dailying a V70R I have a bit of ground clearance envy. I’m also looking for further justification for paying multiple times the average asking price for the manual transmission version of a vehicle. This Disco parked next to the Volvo fills me with car geek glee being able to have two rare manual options, both with third row jump seats, especially as the first snowfall of the year covers the ground outside and a friend sends me pictures of his new overland outfitted Mitsubishi Delica diesel. Not for $10k though as everyone else agrees.