Each Custom Land Rover Defender build begins with a donor vehicle that serves as the base for the project. We take care of everything for you, including sourcing the base vehicle, ensuring eligibility for import/export, and the entire build process. We help you select the ideal donor to match your Defender needs.
This Land Rover Defender is in the pre-restoration phase but will make an exceptional donor for a potential Preservation Series or Heritage Series Custom Defender build.
THE BUILD PLAN
We are currently taking this Land Rover Defender 110 County Wagon through the Bishop+Rook certification process – which includes an extensive service and overhaul of mechanical elements of the vehicle. It includes an evaluation and refurbishment of all critical elements: engine, gearbox, transfer case, axles, cooling, electrical, fuel, chassis, wheels, etc. Once we clear this process, the vehicle is officially certified and ready for many years of maintenance-free service to you and your family.
The difference between a Bishop+Rook Defender and a regular imported Defender on the market comes down to the hundreds of hours we will spend to make this a reliable daily driver. Should you adopt this Defender before we’ve completed our work and wish to add your own personal touch, we would be happy to add those elements.
Bishop+Rook Certified – Price As Listed
This is the price based on our level one mechanical service – timing belt, water pump, alternator, starter, radiator, brakes, bearings, etc. Basically, a really nice running and driving Land Rover Defender that will take you on plenty of adventures without fear of being abandoned on the side of the road. Cosmetically, the vehicle will be clean and tidy, with no major issues hidden. This will be a state that you can enjoy forever, or use as a foundation for future upgrades, enhancements, or refurbishments.
Bishop+Rook Preservation Class – $68,500
This will include more extensive mechanical and cosmetic preservation of the vehicle. We will go through both the interior and exterior of the Defender to ensure everything is properly sorted. This will include all the tier one mechanical elements above, but also include a deeper dive into chassis re-conditioning, interior trimming (headliner, dash trim, door card refurbishment, seat trimming as needed), replacement of seals, tyres, upgraded battery, and repairs to body panels that might need addressing (door bottoms, bulkhead, etc.). Mechanically, we will pull the engine to replace the rear main seal and clutch, whilst doing a more extensive mechanical refurbishment.
Bishop+Rook Preservation Class Plus – $75,000
This level of restoration will include all the elements above, but also a partial disassembly of the vehicle to respray in a similar (or close to) paint color. This oftentimes includes replacing the doors and other body panels that may show signs of wear. All interior elements will be stripped out and refurbished to like-new condition. The headliner will be re-trimmed, interior panels replaced, new floor coverings (carpet or sound deadening mats), Tier III sound deadening system put in place, chassis treated (inside and out) for corrosion, axles refurbished, gearbox renewed, transfer case renewed, and additional options for wheels/tryes, The vehicle will feel like a time capsule when you sit in her – with just enough character preserved.
Bishop+Rook Heritage Class Restoration – $98,500 (estimated)
This restoration level is much more extensive than above, which starts with a complete disassembly of the vehicle (every panel, every nut-and-bolt, and every fastener. This process includes stripping the chassis bare and putting it through media blasting to bring it back to bare metal. Any rust or corrosion issues will be rectified before the chassis is sealed and painted to your specification (raptor, satin, high gloss, etc.). All axles will be media blasted and painted to suit. All mechanical components will be restored: engine rebuild, gearbox, transfer case, differentials, etc. The Interior will be retrimmed, including seats, headliner, and door cards. New/refreshed window glass, seals, and other trim panels will be replaced with new.
Bishop+Rook Bespoke Class Restoration – $128,500+ (based on features)
Our Bespoke class of builds allows for more customization options for each build. Customers have the choice of interior retrimming styles, a deeper level of restoration, and more external paint options – including upgrades like air conditioning, roof racks, offroad accessories, and more. This class of vehicles includes more performance upgrade options to tune the vehicle to your ultimate use (daily driving, offroad, hybrid, etc.). The vehicle will be better than new once it completes this process and will become an investment-grade restoration.