The vintage land rover defender is one of the most sought-after vehicles on the market. It’s the perfect vehicle for enthusiasts and collectors, as well as an excellent investment. But finding an original Defender isn’t easy.
Is the new Defender bulletproof?
The last Defender left the production line in 2016, and since then, demand for older Defenders has skyrocketed. Companies like AutoShippers have noticed an uptick in shipments, but there are some important things to consider before you purchase.
NAS: North American Specification
In 1993, Land Rover brought the Defender to the US and Canada, in order to meet safety regulations. As a result, the US and Canadian versions of the Defender were heavily modified to comply with these rules.
While these changes may seem jarring to some, they were necessary in order to sell them in the United States. The North American Defender 110 County 4×4 was powered by a 3.9-liter V8 engine, and featured a five-speed manual transmission and a transfer case.
Himalaya: Customizing the Defender
Himalaya is one of several independent custom Defender companies that have popped up in recent years. These builders are aiming to capture the same lifelong Defender fans, as well as younger buyers who might not know what a Defender is but would love one.
Twisted: Making the Defender into a Modern SUV
To do that, Twisted takes Defenders that haven’t been used for a long time and turns them into modern, high-performance vehicles. They also personalize them by adding their own touches, such as a General Motors V8. These customizations are not limited to aesthetics; Twisted also makes the vehicles faster, by using a new transmission and coil springs.