American Land Rover 110's don't come fresher than this one.
With Land Rover's all-new Defender coming down the pipeline after being met with equal amounts of distaste and excitement, it'll be interesting to see how it affects the prices of classics as the rose-tinted glasses get rosier. Not many of the original Land Rover Defender models made it to the US and, as a result, their used market price has always been high. That value in the US has always been a curiosity. On the one hand, it's basically a utilitarian off-road truck dedicated to off-roading. On the other, it provided something the US market had been lacking right up until Jeep made us a new Gladiator.
You won't see many Land Rover Defenders being used for their original purpose as work and exploration in the US though, and this one that's popped up on All Collector Cars is no exception. It's a 35-year-old part collector's piece, part trail-ready SUV, complete with, what look from the photos, unblemished aluminum body panels and a partial restoration that included the entire interior and a new paintjob.
This Defender does have aesthetic modifications to go with a bunch of refreshed drivetrain components, such as LED turn lights and LED halo headlights. However, it's not too over the top and could easily be returned to its original or a more subtle spec.
We wouldn't touch the refreshed interior because it's way better than the original. The carpets and headliner are new, and the custom dual-tone black and orange leather seats both in the front and back look great to us. A custom touch-screen based audio system polishes the interior off nicely.
This Defender 110 also looks ready to hit the trails. The 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine is well proven with good and consistent torque, while the addition of General Grabber All-Terrain tires will ensure plenty of grip. The extra lighting will show the way while the aftermarket skid plate underneath should help protect the front diffs if this Defender also has rocks in its future.