Manufacturer code: Land Rover
LD Model: Defender (for early models: Ninety, or One Ten)
V Wheel base: 92.9 inch, but designated 90
B Body type: 2-door station wagon, or hard top
B Engine type: 2.5 litre diesel turbo (model 19J)
8 Steering and transmission: Left-hand drive (LHD), 5-speed manual (LT85, LT77, LT77S, R380 or other)
E Model year: 1988
A Assembly location: Solihull, UK
344173 Serial number
Legal in the USA, except for California (your experience may vary)
A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.
I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.