Gaswerks Garage is pleased to present our 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 Arkonik. The 110 was launched in 1983. From 1984, wind-up windows were fitted (Series models and very early 110s had sliding panels), and a 2.5-liter (153 cu in), 68 horsepower diesel engine was introduced. This was based on the earlier 2.3-liter (140 cu in) engine, but had a more modern fuel-injection system as well as increased capacity. This period saw Land Rover market the utility Land Rover as a private recreational vehicle. While the basic pick-up, 4×4 and van versions were still working vehicles, the County 4x4s were sold as multi-purpose family vehicles, featuring improved interior trim and more comfortable seats. This change was reflected in Land Rover starting what had long been common practice in the car industry — detail changes and improvements to the County model from year to year in order to attract new buyers and to encourage existing owners to trade in for a new vehicle. These changes included different exterior styling graphics and color options, and the introduction of new options, such as radio-cassette players, Rostyle wheels, headlamp wash and wipe systems, as well as accessories such as surfboard carriers and bike racks. The switch from leaf spring to coil spring suspension was a key part of the new model’s success. It offered improved off-road ability, load capacity, handling and ride comfort.