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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

Behold what has to be the single coolest Land Rover Discovery still running: a 2001 model that I spotted along Pacific Coast Highway last month in Malibu, California. It was parked along the side of the road, in a turnout, and the owner was down in the ocean surfing. I'm tremendously jealous of his life.

Before I get into this Discovery, a little note on Malibu surf vehicles. If you drive the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu on a day when the surf's up, you will see some of the most ridiculous, amazing surf vehicles you could possibly imagine. Old Volkswagen Buses and 1950s woodies. GM "Dustbuster" minivans with three boards on the roof. Pinzgauers. Original Honda Odysseys. Everything.

And, apparently, that everything includes this 2001 Land Rover Discovery SD, which is sort of like a surf vehicle to the maximum. I say that because it has a surf board over there on the right of the roof rack -- but it also has a tent mounted on the roof so you can take it camping. And a dirt bike mounted on the back so you can take it motocrossing. And it's lifted, so you can take it off-roading! Stick a bed inside this thing, and I presume it has one, and you never need any other vehicle -- you can live off the land in this Discovery II, as this person is apparently doing, since this one is registered in Duluth, Minnesota.

Well, you can almost live off the land. I say this because there are some issues with devoting your life to a Discovery II -- namely, the fact that it isn't the most reliable vehicle in the world. And also the fact that this one has been blacked out so heavily that the taillights have even been covered in black -- not that you could see them anyway, with all the stuff in back. Perhaps it's not the world's safest expedition vehicle.

But I have to admit, it is one of the world's coolest. And as I sit here at my desk, writing about this Discovery, I can only imagine how exciting it would be to drive it down the PCH at this very moment, looking for a place to stop and go surfing.

Or camping. Or dirt biking. Or off-roading.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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