Land Rover Discovery Series 1



Leather seating

Seats 6 plus the driver, but 4 is best for comfort – rear folding seats for adults is best limited to short distances.

Air conditioning 

Radio with USB and Aux inputs


Engine: Rover V8 3.9 litre, fuel injected petrol, 182 hp (134 kW) Torque 230 ft lb 3100 rpm (312 Nm)

Transmission: Automatic 4 speed, all wheel drive (4×4)

Braking: Power assisted 4 wheel discs

Dimensions: Length – 4.5m  Width –  1.8m   Height – 1.97m

Weight: 2025 Kg



The Land Rover Discovery is first released in the U.K in October 1989. It used the same chassis and four-wheel drive system as the Range Rover model but offered smaller engines and a lower price point to appeal to a wider market.

As with the Range Rover, the Discovery was originally only available as a three-door; a more practical five-door variant was made available a year later.

The Discovery was a massive car for Land Rover – and, as the press rightly predicted back in Frankfurt 1989, it guaranteed not only the survival of Land Rover into the 21st century, but ushered in an era of continued growth and success.

The Classic Rides “Disco” is a top of the range ES model and it was sold new in New Zealand in June 1998. It was also one of the last of the Series 1, the new model Series 2, followed shortly the same year.

What the Motoring Press Said 

Autocar Magazine “Faster, more economical, better riding and with the extra traction and balance of permanent 4wd, Discovery has the measure of its rivals. The cleverly designed, well-executed interior is way ahead of the opposition and it has a clear advantage should anyone actually venture off-road”


A couple of early TV commercials