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Autotrader Find: 2003 Land Rover Freelander G4 Tribute

The Land Rover Freelander is an SUV that seems to have a mixed reception among American off-road enthusiasts. Whatever your feelings about the Freelander, we have a pretty cool one for today’s Autotrader Find. It’s a 2003 Land Rover Freelander G4 Challenge tribute reminiscent of the Camel Trophy Land Rover models of the past.

What’s a Freelander?

2003 Land Rover Freelander Front Right Side in Yellow

The Freelander has the distinction of being the first-ever unibody Land Rover model. It was actually a bit ahead of its time as a compact luxury SUV before heavy-hitters like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 arrived on the scene. It was never a big seller in North America, but the original Freelander was a huge hit in Europe.

While it wasn’t as off-road capable as more traditional Land Rover models, the Freelander was a better off-roader than more mainstream competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V models of the 1990s. It had a second generation, but here in North America, we called it the LR2.

Camel Trophy Throwback

2003 Land Rover Freelander Above in Yellow

To show the off-road chops of the small Freelander to the world, Land Rover ran a Freelander in the 1998 Camel Trophy competition and later in the G4 event. The example you see here is a tribute to that competitive pedigree of the Freelander. It’s the desirable 2-door model with the removable roof.

In place of the roof is a rack with lights on top plus two yellow lights in the front bumper. This helps contribute to a more off-roady look. The yellow paint job with “G4 Challenge” banners on the doors and hood make it a throwback that kind of makes it look like the old-school Camel Trophy Land Rover models. One modification that makes it a little more modern is an aftermarket infotainment system. Other than that, the interior appears largely unmodified.

The asking price for this Freelander is $12,500. That would normally be a little high for a Freelander, but not a bad price for such a unique SUV. Find a Land Rover Freelander for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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