In the vintage 4X4 world, the North American Spec (NAS) Land Rover Defenders that were imported between 1993 and 1997 are among the most sought-after collectibles. These trucks, with two-door 90 and four-door 110 body styles, can command $100,000 or more.
Why is Defender so expensive?
But if you want a vintage Defender that’s as close to buying a new one as possible, there are a few shops in the U.S. that can make it happen. URL : ecdautodesign.com
Chicago’s HHH Heritage specializes in giving Europe-sourced Defenders a “second act,” whether that’s a light refresh or a frame-up rebuild. Connecticut-based North America Overland offers better-than-new restorations of older Series II Defenders. South-Carolina based Himalaya, on the other hand, is building heavily modernized versions of Defenders that are as close to buying new as you can get in the United States.
Inside, Osprey’s Defenders feature a dash style that’s almost as regal as the truck itself. It has upright windshields, vertical dashboards, and acres of console space that create a spacious cabin where you can kick back and relax.
But what’s even more fascinating is that these cars can be built with a variety of engines, from Chevy crate motors to LS V8s and even an electric powertrain sourced from Tesla parts. The result is a big, fast SUV that accelerates to highway speeds with ease and never loses its composure on the road. That makes them a great choice for people who want a rugged off-roader that’s also as comfortable as a luxury SUV.