Just because Land Rover have stopped building their iconic Defenders, doesn’t mean you should have to make do with some fourth-hand banger that’s driven the Silk Road and back (twice), or been battered by mucky kids on the school run in Fulham.
This 2002 Td5 Defender is as good as new. Disassembled down to the chassis, including the engine, the gearbox and all mechanical parts, and rebuilt, arguably, better, stronger and more aesthetically pleasing than the original.
It’s the work of Coolnvinatge, a Lisbon-based enterprise that insist ‘nothing is left untouched’. All parts are restored and reassembled to factory spec. This includes the complete rewiring of the electronics and the interior is given a sprinkling of luxury with fine leather upholstery and soft top fabric which is ‘stitched to perfection’.
This laborious process, taking up to 6 months and consuming a thousand hours of craftsmanship is the level of attention required to create such a robust and resilient work of art, which will set you back a sum of €71,000.
Each model comes with a certificate of authenticity from Land Rover after rigorous inspection. So as you weave through your first forest track, or tear up your first rocky mountain pass rest assured you are in safe hands with this rugged terrain beater.
Many thanks to Cool n Vintage.
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