1996 Land Rover Defender 90 – Soft-Top – 300Tdi (LHD)


We are temporarily reducing the asking price on Bertha from $89,500 to $85,500.  We want someone to be able to get this one before the summer is over to be able to enjoy it. If you’re in a warm climate, it will make a great year-round driver.  Even here in Minnesota, it would be great. If you were to build this Defender today, it would be well over this amount.


This Land Rover Defender 90 started her life as a simple Spanish farm truck and was meticulously transformed by the team at Bishop+Rook into an iconic soft-top cruiser that could be driven and enjoyed year-round.  We spent well over 1,000 documented hours on this restoration – nothing was left untouched.

1996 Land Rover Defender 90
Frame and Panel Off Nut-and-Bolt RestorationSoft-Top Beach Cruser
Full Chassis Strip, Media Blast, and Seal
300Tdi 2.5L Diesel – Complete Rebuild
Left Hand Drive (LHD)
5-Speed Manual
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
Upgraded Vented Discs
Satin Marine Blue
Heritage Series Front Grill
LED Light Package
Custom Leather-Trimmed Interior
Custom Leather Trimmed Rear Seating Area
Custom 110v Power Inverter
Extra USB Ports
Leather-Trimmed Cubby Box
Leather-Trimmed Dash
Custom Wood Steering Wheel
Bulkhead Removal Bar
Full Custom Leather Interior
Custom Bluetooth Stereo Package
Full Engine Rebuild
Full Chassis/Axle Rebuild
Full Brake System Rebuild
Fold Up Side Steps
Rear NAS Bumper
Silicone Hoses
Poly Bush Suspension
HD Steering Bar

If you’re interested in financing this Land Rover Defender, you will have several options as a ready-to-go vehicle vs. a Defender build. Check out our Financing a Defender page for more details.

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The difference between a Bishop+Rook Defender and a regular imported Defender on the market comes down to the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of hours we will spend to make them reliable and safe daily drivers. If you’re looking to build a custom Defender, check out our handy online pricing tool.




Each build begins with a donor vehicle that has been sourced and supplied by Bishop+Rook to fit the needs of each commissioned build based on customer requirements – ensuring eligibility for import into the American market and a suitable level of quality as a base vehicle for restoration. On occasion, we also welcome the opportunity to preserve and restore our customer’s own classic Land Rover as part of the same refurbishment and enhancement process.


We offer each individual the opportunity to collaboratively put their stamp on a Land Rover build – from color and style to accessories and performance features. We aim to build a one-of-a-kind Defender that is not only reliable but even more capable, stylish, and versatile than the day it was born. We provide a fully bespoke build process in the spirit of 17th-century tailors of Savile Row, where we mold your donor vehicle into a Defender to fit your needs, budget, lifestyle, and taste.


For those of you just starting your research on Defenders, there are a few areas you will want to learn about (maintenance, driving experience, and budget).  For the last part – budget – we’ve recently launched a “Defender Budget Pricing Calculator” to help folks understand the different levels of pricing you should expect to see on the market.



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. When other companies focus on cheap mechanical nightmares, or Defenders costing the same price as a house, we focus instead on – Defenders for the regular person. All of our Defenders undergo an extensive mechanical refresh to ensure years of reliable adventures.  From there, you can decide how much further you want to go with a restoration.

Maintaining the charm and character of a vintage Land Rover Defender pays to respect to the adventures that came before, while planning adventures yet to be explored.

Restore only what’s needed. Refresh the rest for peace of mind.


Bishop+Rook is a Minneapolis-based importer and restorer of classic Land Rover Defenders. We are passionate about film, photography, travel, adventures, and vintage cars. We finally found a way to combine our life’s passion into helping others find their dream car. We restore the vehicles to an adventure-tested stage – not over-restored and not over-priced. We simply want to share our love and passion for these amazing vehicles with like-minded people.

We price our vehicles fairly. Any profit we make is turned back into our creative projects or seeking out our next restoration. Any work we do is to ensure people can enjoy the vehicles right away – we make sure they are adventure-ready on day one.

We typically have about a dozen or so Defenders in stock, but for those looking for something truly unique we offer a service to find and import cars with specific requirements.  Drop us a note and let us know what you would like.

We’re sure you have many questions. We try our best to answer anything and everything that comes our way, even if you decide not to do business with us.  We simply love these vehicles.  If you’re just starting your search, we wrote a little piece that may help you sort through the many models, conditions, and prices you may see on the marketplace.  There are a lot of people importing Defenders these days, some really good guys, and a few others that might not have your best interest in mind.

Read our Guide: The Unicorn Hunt


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Price $85,500 Available Now - SALE
Miles n/a
Color Marine Blue