Preservation Series

1997 Land Rover Defender 90 – 300Tdi (LHD)


This project has been sold/adopted, but some very similar Defenders are in stock.  If you are interested in something like this project, reach out via email, and we can discuss options.

Bingham might end up going through our complete restoration process, but we wanted to post it here first in case someone is looking for a really great driving LHD Defender 90 that can be enjoyed and loved for what she is. We recently took this vehicle through our mechanical restoration and the team really fell in love with driving her, so we’re trying to save her if we can.  With the exception of a few small issues with the lower doors (typical rust), it’s a great Defender.

Will you be the one to save it from Restoration?  Not that it would be a bad way to go.  It’s just that originality only comes once.


This pre-restoration donor candidate can be driven as-is or serve as the base for a partial or complete restoration. We are listing it here for those who may want a great base but might also want to add their creative touch to the final project.  The price will go up as we start our work on this Defender.

All of our Preservation Series Land Rover Defenders come with an extensive Bishop+Rook Mechanical Certification process – which includes inspection, refurbishment, replacement, or restoration of all key mechanical components of the vehicle.  We put each project through an extensive QA process to find all those hidden issues that could show up in the near future.  This is provided to give our customers the peace of mind of adopting a vintage Land Rover Defender without the stress and anxiety associated with deferred maintenance or hidden mechanical issues.  While this is not a full rebuilt, it provides great comfort and reliability for those looking for an everyday Land Rover Defender to drive.

We offer these Preservation Series Land Rover Defenders up for adoption before we start the process of full disassembly and restoration, as it falls in that nice category where it could be driven in it’s current condition, restored over time, or become our next build.  We realize not everyone needs a full build, which is why this might be a good addition to your garage.

With any Defender in this category, we do offer the ability to upgrade, enhance, or otherwise modify the base vehicle.  We can calculate that into an overall build sheet or just offer various customer-desired enhancements.  This way you’re only paying for what’s important to you, rather than taking on someone else’s style or design preferences.

A few things to note:

1. Chassis and Bulkhead in Good Condition
2. New Rear Crossmember
3. Recent Mechanical Service

Preservation Series Restoration

1997 Land Rover Defender 90
300Tdi 2.5L Diesel
R380 Gearbox
County Wagon


Contact us for more details.


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 Land Rover Defender project is different.  Our pricing is extremely transparent and dependent upon the features, accessories, and restoration level desired by each client.  Here is an example of pricing based on this particular Defender.

Bishop+Rook Certified (Entry Level) – Priced As Listed

This price is based on our level-one mechanical certification 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 – $57,500 (Starting Price)

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 – $68,250 (Starting Price)

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 – $85,000 (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 – $105,000+ (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.


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


For more information, feel free to call or text us at +1 612.424.1642 or email us at

Let us know what you're interested in so we can gather the right information for you.
Where would you be comfortable with your budget range?
What type of body style are you looking for?
When I would like to adopt.
If you would like us to give you a call.
Let us know how you would like to reach out to you.


Price $45,750 Sold/Adopted
Miles n/a
Color Green