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Did You Know There Was a 2-Door Land Rover Discovery?

Fact of the day: The Land Rover Discovery was initially sold as a 2-door SUV. This is true. The luxurious Land Rover Discovery, the SUV that morphed into the LR3 and the LR4, was initially a 2-door SUV (three doors if you count the tailgate). See the used Land Rover Discovery models for sale near you

I found this out a couple of years ago when I was in Italy and parked next to a 2-door Discovery. I had parked in this scenic area with my girlfriend at some beautiful vista overlooking Lake Como, with incredible views of the lake directly in front of us. My girlfriend was mesmerized by this amazing scenery, and I was sitting there, in front of all of this splendor, beauty and natural wonder, thinking: “Does that thing have … two doors?”

Initially, I assumed someone had hacked up a Discovery and turned it into a 2-door model. I have no idea why anyone would do this, but then again, we live in a world that includes a convertible version of the Nissan Murano, so I have learned not to question these things. But when I went home and looked it up, I found out that Land Rover did indeed offer a 2-door Discovery. In fact, you could only get the Discovery as a 2-door model when it first came out in 1989. The 4-door version didn’t follow until the next model year.

Of course, we Americans don’t know much about this because the Discovery didn’t come out in the U.S. until 1994 — and when it finally did reach our shores, Land Rover had wised up and excluded the 2-door from our lineup. And it was canceled globally before the Discovery II came out in 1998, so most of us will probably never see a 2-door Disco.

But they’re out there, cruising around, looking like a normal Discovery, except with only two doors — at least the ones that haven’t already been consumed by rust. Find a used Land Rover Discovery for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. The Discovery has been commercialized with 3 Doors and 5 Doors…. never with only 2 Doors! The back door is to be considered aswell…… (from a guy that know very much what is a Land Rover Discovery) 

  2. I have a 2003 Discovery without a spot of rust on it. And yes, I live in Bellingham Washington…it’s basically a rainy southern California.

  3. On my first trip to Europe, my then girlfriend got mad at me for getting excited about seeing all the different cars.  It was a Fiat Coupe on the other side of a roundabout that finally pushed her over the edge.  Of course, the fact that I remember that and not the names of half of the places we visited means she was KINDA right…

    • Had the same problem on my first trip. I actually didn’t enjoy the trip anywhere near as much as I should’ve because I was so excited about all the cars. 

  4. Hey, Doug. Enjoying the move over here to Autotrader, but the main thing I miss from Jalop is RSS – capability. As it is now I can’t seem to find oversteer’s rss to add to my feedly. Any knowledge or update on this?

    • We have an RSS feed! Go to the main page and scroll half way down, you’ll see the link “RSS Feed” on the right under “Follow Oversteer.” 🙂

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