1997 Land Rover Defender 130 Pulse Ambulance with Full Camper Conversion
- Land Rover Key Data
- Country UK
- Colour Beige
- Year 1997
- Driving RHD
- Mileage (miles) 214000
- Gearbox Manual
- Fuel Type Diesel
- Engine Size 300TDi
- Condition Good For Year
- Warranty No
- Seller Trade
- Part Exchange No
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Motodrome offer for sale this rather wonderful 1997 Land Rover Defender 130 300TDi Pulse Ambulance, that has been really nicely converted into a proper overland camper by the team behind overlandcampers.co.uk.
‘Monty’, as he’s affectionately known, served with distinction as KZ 39 AA in the 2nd Gulf War as an ambulance, and was damaged by enemy fire. It was cast by the MOD in 2012, and overland campers embarked on a seven-year restoration to both bring it back to life, and convert it into a camper that could be used for hire, for those wishing to explore the great outdoors in the best vehicle possible.
Some of the battle damage was preserved for posterity, but was filled with clear gel. Monty is a true warrior and wears his battle scars with pride.
On the outside, the only real clues that Monty isn’t still an ambulance is the pop-up roof, the retractable ARB awning, and the door that’s been let into the nearside of the camper body.
Other external features include bonnet mounted spare wheel, sidesteps on both front doors, a retractable step for the side access door, and the correct heavy-duty wheels.
The drivers cab has 3 seats across the front, and there are two belted seats in the back, meaning it can legally carry 5 people.
However, it’s inside the camper body that the real fun starts. Overland Campers have a policy of fitting out all their Pulse Ambulance campers to the same configuration, and whilst this youtube video youtu.be/WtObC8yFxvs?si=gj1oH1Q0YVB048dt shows the inside of another of their fleet, Monty is basically the same.
A small list of what’s fitted:
Rock n’ roll Bed (measuring 2m x 1.1m) ground floor
Bed (measuring 2m x 1.0m) in pop up roof
Children’s sleeping area over cab with porthole
Comfortable seating around table for 4
2 Hob cooker (gas)
12V Compressor Fridge with freezer compartment
Electric hook up
Sink with running hot water
LPG Propex Heater
Propex Malaga Water Heater
Interior spot lights and strip lights
Large Cupboard Unit
Sink Cupboard Unit
Under bench storage
Full Thetford Toilet and shower cubicle/wet room with off grid hot water
Smoke Alarm / CO Detector
60 litre underslung steel water tank.
Gas-it underslung tank (to power cooker/heater).
150Watts Solar Panel on roof powering x2 100amp leisure batteries through
So, as you can see, it’s totally ready for exploring, and going totally into the boonies.
Monty is powered by the venerable and totally dependable 300TDi engine, with R380 5-speed gearbox, power steering, and disc brakes all round.
Part of the rebuild following being savaged by the Iraqi’s included the fitting of a replacement dash and instruments. The used speedo that was fitted shows a mileage of 214000 miles. This is clearly incorrect – it’s most likely it had covered no more then 10000km (it would have had a KPH speedo fitted when with the MOD) when in MOD ownership.
You won’t find a better example on sale at the moment, and, if you’re thinking of a business opportunity, it’s done very well generating revenue thus far.
Driving-wise, Monty is absolutely on the button.
It will be supplied with a fresh 12M MOT on sale
On our own website, you’ll find 3 videos, a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions, plus one more video of the interior:
based near Henley-on-Thames, Oxon – viewing by prior appointment