This amazing Land Rover Defender 90 was handbuilt by the crew at Bishop+Rook for a client looking for a summer beach cruiser. It was a complete panel/chassis off restoration, including conversion to soft-top and automatic gearbox, upgrading to a completely rebuilt 300Tdi engine.
Who We Are
The Bishop+Rook Team
We are group of Defender enthusiasts that have dedicated our careers to preserving and building vintage Land Rover Defenders. We have three fully operational workshops located in Minneapolis/Renville, Minnesota and Salisbury, England where we source, refresh, restore, and build some of the most timeless vehicles on the planet.
What We Believe
A Defender for Everyone
We believe in providing high-quality, reasonably-priced, Land Rover Defenders that can go anywhere and do everything. Whether you’re looking for a unique low-mileage Defender survivor or a complete nut-and-bolt bespoke restoration, we want to be the team that provides you with your dream vehicle. We keep a fresh stock of restoration ready Land Rover Defender 90s, 110s, and 130s – in both right-hand and left-hand drive.
Why It Matters
Sharing Our Experience
We believe not only in transparency in pricing, but also the restoration and build process. We provide a unique” behind the scenes” look into the methods, time, and process it takes to build a truly remarkable Defender – showing both the good and the bad. We’re also eager to share helpful advice and tips for those just beginning the research process.
We rescued “Chief” from the Spanish countryside where it once served as the Fire Chief’s Defender. We completely disassembled the body, replacing all doors, front wings, and several other panels. We added a custom interior, tinted windows, air conditioning, lift kit, and a few other “secret” items.
Similar Builds Starting at $72,500
Project Grim – Defender Rescue
This Defender 110 project came to us as a rescue mission from a client who imported his own vehicle, only to find that the seller was less tan honest. We took a sympathetic restoration approach, which included complete paint strip and respray in a custom Raptor finish, updated the interior with heated leather seats, dash upgrade, sound deadening, and provided a complete mechanical service to get him back on the road to adventure.
Complete Project Restoration Services Available
We were the third person to be trusted with the care and maintenance of Skye – having previously been owned by two different hot air balloon operators. In addition to an extensive mechanical service, we preserved her unique character by offering up a period-correct fresh paint job, adding fresh sawtooth wheels, while adding a functional roof rack and front bull bar for style.
Preservation Series Starting at $55,000
We wanted to create a marriage of tough off roading with the style and grace of an urban Defender. We completely refreshed the chassis back to factory condition, updating the suspension, braking, and mechanical. In addition, we sprayed Rebel with glossy Santorini black, complemented by full panoramic side and rear windows.
Rebel Series Starting at $45,000
Both RHD and LHD Options Available
Starting at $55,000 and $65,000
Overlander (aka Rocky)
We build Rocky as an early 300Tdi automatic conversion project to allow our local clients to drive a RHD Defender, without having to be concerned with learning (or re-learning) manual shifting. He became so popular around the workshop that we’ve decided to keep him as a permanent member of the Bishop+Rook team – although occasionally being sent out on remote adventures with friends and family.
One of a Kind Preservation Class Build
This is one of the toughest and most adventurous driving restoration projects we’ve ever known. We’ve turned down several offers to “restore” Sarge, opting to keep the character and patina of this “internet famous” Defender the way it should be – Adventure Tested.
Currently Roaming Somewhere in Minnesota
(or Maybe California)
The Starting Points
Everyone begins their journey at the dreaming stage. Moving on from there generally means gathering more information and gaining confidence in your choices.
Begin Your Adventure
Whether you’re beginning your search or you’re already figured out your journey, we would love to hear from you.