eBay Find: Land Rover Discovery 4×6
About a couple of weeks ago, I was perusing through eBay looking for something weird then I stumbled upon this gem: a Land Rover Discovery 4×6 (here’s the listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Land-Rover-Discovery-pickup-6×4-/191848198862?forcerrptr=true&hash=item2cab0b32ce:g:7uAAAOSw3mpXDs0Z&item=191848198862). As a joke, I decided to email the listing to all of the managers at Land Rover Flatirons asking them to take a serious consideration on purchasing this diamond in the rough since it’s unique and that the vehicle is conveniently located just the next state over.
Fast forward, we have said vehicle in our possession! Can’t really say what happened with the supposed winning eBay bidder but I can only suspect. Anyhow, JR, the owner of this one-off Land Rover Discovery 4×6, decided to trade in this SUV/Pick-Up for a new Land Rover Discovery Sport. Going out on a limb here but I predict in about 5 years from now, the Discovery Sport will have an open bed with another axle.
A little history of the Land Rover Discovery 4×6
After the eBay listing ended, I reached out to JR for the low-down of how this vehicle came about. It turns out that a couple of students from the Wyotech school in Wyoming decided to take a perfectly fit Discovery and created what we see today. The third axle isn’t powered but from what I read around the internet that there were plans to strap an electric motor to it. As for the mechanical geometry workings of the extra axle, the rear absorbs bumps via an air suspension setup. From the looks of it and talking with the technicians here, the rear addition is actually from another Discovery with the top chopped off. With over 10 years of ownership with most it’s life driving through the various extreme weather patterns of Wyoming, JR mentioned that the extra axle did help keep things straight when the roads were icy.
Whoever the new owner may be, just be prepared to answer this: what do you call this (is it still an SUV or would it be a pick-up)? I already feel bad for that poor title clerk and insurance agent.