They still make 'em like they used to in Poland.
Land Rover, you may not be surprised to read, has a new Defender on the way. In the meantime, though, it discontinued production of the old one more than three years ago. (Which is just as well, we suppose, because it stopped selling them in North America a couple of decades ago.) But that doesn't mean you can't still pick up a new one, built to your specifications.
Polish specialist Land Serwis (that's "Service” for us non-slavs) not only maintains and upgrades existing Defenders, but has the tooling to build new ones from scratch.
The Krakow-based firm says it's the one of only four in the world (and the only one outside the UK) with the capability and authorization to build "new” Defenders, even before Ineos Automotive gets to work.
The reveal model shown here was done up as a Crew Cab pickup, based on the 2010 model, with the full Heritage treatment and painted in classic Grasmere Green paint with a contrasting white roof and a brown leather interior. It's powered by Ford's 2.4-liter Puma Duratorq diesel four, driving each of the 16-inch steel wheels shod with knobby Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires and an upgraded SuperGaz suspension.
It can make one for you in just about any configuration you want, and mount most any engine that'll fit under the hood. And as we've seen, the Defender can accommodate anything from four cylinders to eight. Land Serwis has the capability to re-manufacture chassis in any of the 90-, 110-, or 130-inch wheelbases that Land Rover originally offered.
Ordering one doesn't come cheap, though. Prices start at nearly 60,000 euros (which works out to about $67k at current exchange rates). That's more than twice the base price on a new Jeep Wrangler, and prices only rise from there as the options and customization add up.