These are the most distinctive Land Rover models you can buy.
Custom builder Overfinch was created in 1975 with the name Shuler Presses in Leeds, UK, by Arthur Silverton. His mission was to fix what he saw as imperfections in the Range Rover. He quickly began experimenting on the 4x4 with engine swaps, including a Jaguar V12, before settling on a 5.7-liter GM V8. He then turned his attention to the handling. The Schuler Range Rover is generally accepted to be the first performance Range Rover, but Silverton wasn't stopping there. In 1979 Schuler developed the first automatic transmission for the Range Rover, then in 1979 created a Paris-Dakar racer. In 1984, Schuler developed air suspension for the vehicle.
It was the same year the company changed its name to Overfinch, but it kept on developing and producing luxury, performance, and even armored versions of the Range Rover. Overfinch also started working on performance versions of the Defender and, more recently, opened Overfinch Heritage to create a line of restomod Defender and Range Rover models.
If you think mixing firearms and alcohol is a uniquely American pastime, you would be wrong. The English gentleman has been doing that for centuries. In 2009, the gunmaker Holland & Holland teamed up with Overfinch to create the ultimate shooting brake. It arrived with a bespoke exterior and interior, which was kitted out with a self-replenishing drinks cabinet and a hand-crafted gun cabinet. It featured a unique four-seat layout with a hand-veneered rear console and integrated refrigerator, including Holland & Holland-branded crystal ware.
Just in case you're in doubt about how fancy the Holland & Holland Range Rover by Overfinch is, a self-replenishing bar means that for the first year you own it, someone will come around and refill it for you once the drink supply starts running low. The bar came stocked with Pol Roger champagne, Balvenie single malt whisky, Hendrick's small-batch gin, Ivan the Terrible vodka, and Willow Spring Water from the Lake District. The special edition is still available, and 100 units are built each year. They come in at a little less than $200K when purchasing outside of the United Kingdom.
The 2004 Overfinch 580S's most famous moment was in an episode of Top Gear. In a drag race, it beat a Mercedes SLK 320 - despite the SLK running on the tarmac while the 580 S was on grass. The Range Rover at the time came with a 4.4-liter V8 BMW M62, but Overfinch bored it out to 5.0 liters to make around 380 horsepower. The transmission had a tighter second and third gear ratio for better acceleration, and was tuned for responsiveness. The 580S also featured Brembo brakes and a body kit. The interior was furnished in bespoke leather and wood finishes. Only eight were built and almost doubled the original MSRP of the third-generation Range Rover.
One of Overfinches unique creations is a one-off Soft Top Land Rover Defender 90 conversion specially commissioned by a client. This Defender 90 is stripped down from a four-seat configuration and rebuilt as a two-seater with a removable soft top cover that clips onto the specially constructed roll cage. The rear load space is converted using marine-grade teak and features a lockable storage box.
The original engine has been cast out and replaced with a GM-built 6.2-liter V8 making 450 horsepower. The new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and a stainless-steel sport exhaust system. Gone is the utilitarian cockpit and seats, replaced with a pair of Recaro sports seats trimmed in Emerald and Tan leather with contrast stitching, and an upholstered dashboard and steering wheel.
The 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR is already a savage beast boasting 575 hp from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Overfinch says the SuperSport is an even higher performance version of Land Rover's fastest model, but never said if it had tuned the engine for more power. We know Overfinch gave the already hair-raising engine a bespoke titanium exhaust system and a lightweight carbon fiber air induction system to increase the cold air feed, so we could see a couple ponies there. A Brembo eight-piston braking system, 22-inch lightweight Legerro wheels, and all the carbon fiber (including the hood), are also added. Inside, the SuperSport package Launch Edition comes with Ebony quilted-leather with Chalk paneling, micropiping, and stitching.
The 2021 "Velocity Final Edition" is a demonstration that Overfinch still packs a punch when it comes to high-end SUVs. In this case, a $285,000 punch that's based on either the long- or short-wheelbase Range Rover V8 Autobiography. The send-off edition of Overfinch's flagship performance model is one hell of a distinctive SUV featuring the company's Powerdome carbon fiber hood, a herringbone weave or crushed carbon fiber finish applied to the grille, lower air intake and air dam, front and rear bumpers, wheel arch trims, side skirts, and the spoiler. Inside is Overfinch's luxurious Lumiere package that features diamond or hexagonal-quilted leather. Only ten build slots were made available, with three of them in the US.
Over the past couple of years, Overfinch has found its territory being encroached upon by luxury automakers such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley making SUVs of their own. Overfinch still has the chops, and the Sandringham Edition Range Rover LWB is something special. Only five were scheduled to be built, and each one comes with a Nebula Black paint finish, rides on 22-inch Centaur diamond-turned alloy wheels, and features a hand-crafted interior finished in Capiz White.
Unique bumpers and fender styling along with carbon fiber trim, a roof spoiler, and Overfinch-engraved tailpipes create the exterior statement. Inside are all kinds of opulent features like Calluna leather finishes, Argento pinstripe veneers and contrasting micropiping. The front seats are 24-way adjustable, heated, cooled, and can massage the driver and passenger. In the back are Executive Class Comfort Plus rear seats along with deep-pile sheepskin carpets. All of it is surrounded by precision-machined metal pieces like the door handles and the rotary gear selector. Not bad for $315,000.
Only five of these Overfinch love letters to the Land Rover were built. The hood lettering in polished black chrome, the aluminum machined and lettered fuel cap, and door handles stamp Overfinch's identity on each one. Outside, the Overfinch Defender 40th Anniversary Edition features black satin-finished diamond-plated side sills and rear quarter panels, and an SVX-spec front bumper with integrated LED lights. The interior includes tailored leather upholstery with the "40" crest embedded on the two-tone Recaro seat headrests. An Alpine infotainment system includes a backup camera.
Overfinch doesn't just turn out high-end vehicles for snobs, but its idea of going downmarket and appealing to youthful demographics is still expensive at more than $200K when converted to American dollars. The Range Rover Sport GTS-X was first shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012 and is underpinned by an upgraded air induction system and an ECU digital remap, giving the 5.0-liter supercharged engine 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
It also features a full aero kit with a rear spoiler, an electronic lowering module, a sports exhaust with a driver-controlled valve release, and the obligatory Brembo brake kit with drilled and vented 15-inch discs and branded calipers. The copper paint and 22-inch "Titan" alloy wheels make a statement on the outside that's backed up by the interior. Inside are Overfinch-designed leather seats, a custom steering wheel, and a unique GTS-X gauge cluster.
"Overfinch Heritage will address a major opportunity to satisfy the demand for restomod Land Rover vehicles in North America," said Alex Sloane, Vice President of Overfinch North America, in February of 2021.
The company's first salvo into America consists of 12 Defender models based around a modern crate engine and transmission. The vehicles are created using carefully sourced original Defenders and feature a new full-leather interior, a modern dash gauge, wooden decking in the truck bed, new wheels, a roll bar, and an upgraded front bumper.