1956 Land Rover Series I – Original Barn Find


This is the type of Land Rover we all dream of owning.  It’s also one of those Land Rovers that might be hard for us to let go of.

NOTE:  We recently took a deposit on this Land Rover, but if you’re looking for something similar, please reach out and our search team will see what we can find. Or sometimes, we just have stuff we haven’t gotten around to putting online.

Our Bishop+Rook UK team members found this one tucked away in a nearby farm.  It was covered in dust and random pieces of wood, but it was a Landy, so we had to ask about it.  After a bit of chatting, we agreed on a price and we were suddenly the new caretakers of one of motoring’s iconic vehicles.

1956 Land Rover Series I
2.0L Petrol
86″ Wheel Base
Chassis Off Restoration 8 Years Ago
Uniquely Original


We plan to do a complete mechanical service on the important components of the vehicle to ensure it is running in tip-top condition.  We’re considering updating the interior with a period-correct trim set from Exmoor and perhaps completing a sympathetic refresh of the wheels/tyres and top.

This Land Rover Series I can be driven with the top on or off, including adding a soft-top hood to complete the package.  As you will see in the video below, the transition between the two of them can be very quick and easy – making this the ultimate fun car to add to your collection.

We are open to other ideas and suggestions for the build from interested parties.  The price will reflect additional work completed.  Once we transport it to the US workshop we will adjust the price based on the current import and transport costs, as well.





Each build begins with a donor vehicle 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 road, where we mold your donor vehicle into a Defender to fit your needs, budget, lifestyle, and taste.


We believe in friendship and a true partnership with every client who puts their trust and faith in our hands. With a base of operations in the heart of the Midwest and a flourishing workshop in the English countryside, hard work comes with the territory. We believe in transparency and integrity – preserving the Bishop+Rook reputation by building good, honest, Defenders.


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 many 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 $35,450 Adopted/Sold
Miles 60,000 mi
Color Green