One of the most iconic vehicles on the planet, the classic Land Rover vintage defender is a favorite of almost everyone, especially those in the ‘outdoors’ crowd. It’s rugged, sturdy and a true workhorse of the road.
Thankfully, it’s getting more attention in the US as people begin to appreciate the off-road capabilities and unique style of these vehicles more than ever before. While the newer, glossy models may be a little more expensive than their predecessors, it’s still a great option for those looking for a tough, durable vehicle that’s ready to tackle off-road challenges and traverse the country in classic style.
If you’re in the market for a vintage defender, there are several companies around the world that are outfitting the vehicles with high-end upholstery and Magic Metal to mimic the look of new models. These include the Netherlands-based coachbuilder Niels Van Roij, who focuses on customizations that speak to his clients’ uniqueness.
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For example, he can build a denim interior for a jean company, or he can make it a special edition with the details of a couple’s first date. If you’re into the faithful restoration camp, Himalaya has an extensive list of options that can turn a new-build Defender into something very similar to what was rolling off of Solihull in the ’80s and ’90s.
For those looking for a more rugged, off-road-ready Defender, look to Walton Motors, a UK-based Defender dealership that’s been in business for more than 25 years and offers a variety of options for Americans looking to import a classic Defender. Its sales manager says there’s a very good chance you can get the vehicle shipped to America if you follow these steps, but be sure to contact Autoshippers before making your final purchase.