Galpin's Latest Land Rovers Are Retro To The Max

2021 LA Auto Show / Comments

The full-faced wheels are particularly old-school.

Galpin Auto Sports is a name that has become synonymous with outstanding quality and workmanship. The tuning company has modified some exquisite machines including a Porsche 356 for the German marque's prestigious restoration challenge. It's also built concepts for Ford, but now it is turning its attention to the brilliant British off-roader known as the Land Rover Defender.

Revealed at the 2021 LA Auto Show, two examples of the latest Defender have been modified to look more like their legendary forebears than their modern styling would suggest. These were built in collaboration with apparel brand Undefeated, marking the first time that the two have worked together.

Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports

The first of the two builds is based on the Defender 90 P400 First Edition and is finished in Jaguar Green with an Ivory roof. Parchment leather upholstery with an interior blackout package is mentioned, but Galpin has only provided one small teaser photo of the cabin. Nevertheless, we are told that there's a custom trunk storage unit and we can clearly see a roof rack fitted with a surfboard. The full-face wheels are especially retro, but the painted headlight shrouds are also rather unusual. The Land Rover badge on the front grille has been replaced with a Galpin one, and the theme of Ivory accents extends to the badges too. Painting all the black body cladding in the same finish as the body is another touch that changes the character of the car, and this is certainly an attention-grabber.

Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports
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The other Defender is a 110 P400 SE and this is finished in Jaguar Navy with an Ivory roof, while the parchment interior of this example is contrasted by navy houndstooth inserts. This is more like a camper concept as the cabin has been fitted with a Nomad Kitchen Co. sink and prep table pullout and also boasts a refrigerator pullout along with a three-drawer rear cargo area storage unit.

Galpin hasn't told us much more and there are very few images on hand, but the company's correspondence says that we can expect more info and better photos next month. If you can't wait that long, the pair is on display at the LA Convention Center until the 28th of this month.

2020-2023 Land Rover Defender Forward View Land Rover
2020-2023 Land Rover Defender View Out Back Land Rover

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