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

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2016

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).

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.

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