Press launch cars tend to be the holy grail of cult classic cars – they’re appreciated by those who really know their cars. And as such can sometimes get missed by the more general enthusiast audience when examples come up for sale. That’s probably not the case with Discovery G-WAC launch cars – there’s already a lively community centred on these cars, and they already have their own website.
You can read all about the development of the Discovery on this site, and how much of an impact Project Jay has had on subsequent Land Rover history, but needless to say, it’s an important car. And the 3.5-litre V8 Discovery on offer on eBay is one of the original launch cars, clearly denoted by their Gxxx WAC registration numbers.
The sale spiel tells the story of these cars very well: ‘In preparation for the upcoming launch Land Rover built up a fleet of 86 new Discoverys during the summer of 1989, all registered on the same day – 1 October 1989. They had the sequential registration number’s G451 WAC-G535 WAC (There was no G500). After the launch, Land Rover scrapped half of the G-WAC launch cars leaving 43 to enter the used car scene. Today it is thought that around 20 exist in varying states.’
So this one’s a great opportunity to buy into some Land Rover history. The seller describes the car as being ‘up-spec’d’ to show various options. They include wood trim on the dashboard, roller blinds on all the rear windows and air conditioning. Electric windows and central locking (all working) and all of the correct early features, smooth rear door handle, correct early spare wheel cover.
Click the link to have a look – it will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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