None for sale at present - these ready-made classics don't hang about for long.
The Discovery has been with us since 1989 - yes, that really is more than quarter of a century already - and was intended to fill the widening chasm between the Defender County Station Wagon and the Range Rover. Introduced with the all-new 200TDi or V8i engine in 2-door form only, the Discovery was an instant world-wide hit. A four-door version followed shortly after.
The original Discovery was actually a cleverly re-bodied Classic Range Rover, so whilst it has many of the characteristics that made Range Rover so good, it also inherited a number of the classic Range Rover problems as well. In 1994 it received the new 300TDi engine and a makeover to the body to generally smarten the appearance by replacing, amongst other things, the “borrowed” Maestro Van rear lights and Sherpa van headlights with bespoke items. These earlier, non-electronic Discoveries will probably prove to be longer-lived than their successors that are entirely dependant upon “black box” technology.
In 1998 the Discovery 2 was introduced. Although looking broadly similar, it now had the TD5 engine and much-improved design and construction techniques. It also inherited a number of driving aids from the Range Rover, such as air rear suspension and Active Cornering Enhancement.
The Discovery 3 was introduced in 2004, featuring a new monocoque body mounted on a chassis (this double-build making the D3 very heavy) and fully independent suspension. However, at the time it was described as "most unreliable" by several consumer reports, including that of "Least Reliable Luxury Car 2006" by Forbes. But time has been kind to the D3 - by the time Top Gear were driving up to the top of a previously undriven Scottish mountain peak, the problems were being resolved and, as a result, the D3 today is everything it was meant to be when it was new. Better still, the improved spec of the subsequent Discovery generations, with its resultant price jump, means that Discovery 3s hold their value very, very well indeed. In their January 2018 edition, Land Rover Monthly applauded the D3 as the Discovery to buy - but added the caveat that any new owner of one must expect to set aside £1,000 for their first service.
The Discovery 4 was introduced in 2009 and was, in turn, replaced by the D5 in 2016 which, unfortunately, won The Grand Tour’s Hard Ass To Follow award in December 2017 for the design of its rear end. Built on a platform shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the Discovery 5 leaves behind many of the design traditions of former generations for a more modern, though less overtly practical, design. This model also marks the return of the Discovery marque in the US market. There are five seat, seven seat and commercial van versions in Ireland and other European markets.