From Bahrain to Bovey

Posted on: July 31, 2012

This Land Rover Defender popped into Brookwells today – a staggering 4,000 miles from where it was bought.

The 90” model was registered on the island of Bahrain in 2001 and was one of a batch of five new Defenders to be imported to the oil-rich Gulf state at the time.

The vehicle arrived to the owner with a number of issues after being re-assembled on route to the Middle-East. Creaky doors and wobbly fixtures might have been tolerable, but not the fact that the air-conditioning was faulty on delivery. And with temperatures reaching as high as 50 degrees Celsius during the peak of summer in Bahrain, that was a fault that had to be sorted immediately!

This TD5 with its striking red, five-digit, Bahraini number plate was found huddled in the substantially cooler climate of our car park covered in British summertime drizzle after making the journey back to the Land Rover’s native homeland the easy way. Due to fears that the harsh, desert conditions of neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Jordan would strip the paint off the vehicle it was shipped home, rather than braving the overland trip of around 6,500km. A decision that we’re sure you’ll agree with after looking at these pictures.

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