It's not the first we've seen, but it's one of the finest.
In the world of cars, certain designs will never go out of style, one such being the classic Land Rover Defender 110. This boxy brute has been around for decades, and the motoring community is yet to tire of its in-your-face design. In fact, dedicated fans are so in love with it that they're willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy fully restored versions. Enter Osprey Custom Cars, a restoration shop based in North Carolina which specializes in restoring Ford Broncos, older Toyota FJs, and Land Rovers. CarBuzz has featured a number of its Defender 90 resto-mods, but now comes a beautifully restored 110 that will blow the doors off of most modern offroaders.
The Defender 110 pictured has gone through an extensive restoration and has seen numerous modifications as well. Built from the ground up, the Kenswick Green 110 rolls on a brand new Defender 110 chassis and has all-new body panels and doors, so it's fair to say that this car is better than new. The exterior features a classic aluminum front grille, and modern LED lighting in the front and rear. The Defender rolls on taller springs and shocks and makes use of new Terra Firma track rods and drag links, and includes a heavy-duty aluminum skid plate in the front. Under the hood lies some serious muscle: a GM 6.2-liter LS3 engine with performance headers producing 435 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 6l80E transmission, a heavy-duty transfer case, and heavy-duty axles.
The interior is a truly special place to sit in and now features quilted Amaretto leather seats (for nine occupants) with heating in the front, a custom center console, Alcantara headliner, a JBL sound system, and even billet aluminum grab handles. Osprey Custom Cars has done well to modernize this 110 while maintaining its original look. "We wanted to create a classic Land Rover exterior, with a plush interior," said Aaron Richardet, owner and founder of Osprey Custom Cars, "something that on the outside looks to be a modern 35-year-old truck, but on the inside swaddles you in leather and amenities; ready to go fly fishing or take the kids to the beach". The price you ask? A cool $179,950.