The classic Land Rover Defender continues to be one of the most popular and iconic 4x4s on the planet. It is known for its versatility, rugged appeal and legendary reliability, and its name has become a global trademark.
Can a Defender be a daily driver?
The defender vintage has evolved over the years, and there are many off-road variants available, including 90 (short wheelbase), 110 (medium wheelbase) and 127 (long wheelbase). Each model was built with coil springs and a four-cylinder engine that connected to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Himalaya Restoration is a UK company that specializes in bringing the original Defenders back to life, with little tweaks to modernize it and keep it up to date. They can add disc brakes, upgrade the stereo and turbocharger, all to help bring it in line with modern safety standards.
Cool & Vintage is another company that is dedicated to building a custom Defender, allowing you to have it designed and built to your specifications. The 1995 Defender D110 they have built cost $158,000 and was restored to the highest of standards, ensuring it looks incredible on the road.
It also comes with a number of Front Runner upgrades, including a roof rack complete with a pop-up tent. A 42l water tank and survival kit round out the accessories.
The Works V8 Trophy will be the most expensive reworked Defender to date, but you get a lot for your money. It will be available in both 90 and 110 wheelbase versions, a nod to the Camel Trophy rallies that have been held at Eastnor Castle for decades.