Originally Posted by CMSgt Bo
If it's not already in the US I'd give it a wide berth. My buddy stationed in Spain just got a 1988 Santana 110 with a 200 Tdi diesel who's registration paperwork says it's an 88" lightweight. I wished him luck with getting it into the US at the end of his tour. It appears this is not uncommon with Santana's.
Rule of thumb for looking for one that is the other side of the pond is just like Defenders, make sure it is original! That means engine. No 200tdi's! They just don't have them unless someone has converted it. Parts are not hard to find! Many are cross over parts. Main pro for them is the condition. Pretty much all of Spain is a sunshine state and that means no salt used on the roads unlike UK. They are capable vehicles especially the later ones on parabolics. Series 3 is exactly the same as a UK series 3 only no rot! www.camionmilitar.com
for specific parts and paddocks in the UK for the ones that are not. 2 and a quarter engine is the same. Wind up windows from 1980. Later Santanas can be Turbocharged from 81 something Land Rover didn't do until later on. They also have the Santana box that Land Rover later adopted for the V8. 85 onwards cars have many Defender shared parts. push button Doors, dash, switches etc.
Considered by many to be actually better quality build than the Land Rover. What's not to like? Only the uneducated mock them. Oh BTW parts are NOT difficult to get hold of. I should know as I build them.
BTW the cars I build are such that most people would be hard pushed to tell the difference between a UK car and it's Spanish cousin.