Land Rover Discovery

Some folks with four-wheel drive SUVs get flack for owning a truck with capabilities far beyond what's really necessary for their daily commute. Some people might respond to that criticism by getting a smaller, more sensible vehicle. But others might choose a different path.

For sale now on is this purpose built, globe trotting Land Rover Discovery. The Discovery was built for the Longitude Expedition, an around-the-globe trek undertaken by a group of volunteers to raise funds for Parkinson's Disease research.

This Discovery is one of eight specially modified vehicles designed to take on some of the world's toughest terrain. The trucks drove over 40,000 miles across four continents, so it's safe to say this Land Rover is well used.

At the end of the adventure, the SUVs starred in a TV show and three Mobil 1 commercials highlighting their achievements.

So what could you do with it? Pretty much whatever you want. Current owner Steve Young said he has taken his four-year old son camping in the backyard. "I've got pictures of that 'Backyard Excursion' and that's something my son will never forget," Young said.

The Discovery has been fitted with large off road tires and a durable suspension designed to tackle just about any trail in the world.

The big plastic tube coming out of the left front fender isn't there just for looks. It's an extension of the motor's air intake. This plastic snorkel allows the truck to almost completely submerge itself in water without choking the engine.

The truck comes with two external fuel tanks, which may come in handy considering the 2003 Discovery was only capable of 11 mpg in the city. And that's before adding the extra weight and bigger tires that are sure to further reduce fuel economy.

If you do end up running out of gas on the way home, no need to worry. The vehicle comes with a tent that can be assembled on the Land Rover's roof so you can sleep safely while you wait for AAA.

Also on the truck's accessory list: a winch, an anchor to help pull the truck out of sand, a roof rack and even a place to mount a shovel.

See the Discovery in all its globe trotting glory at


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J. Mark Sternberg is an automotive journalist, car enthusiast and writer with a degree from the University of Arizona. Mark is a devoted Formula 1 fan and also enjoys boating, flying and attending the occasional track day.

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