Custom Build Donor Defenders

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A note on Land Rover Defender Donor trucks.

The Custom Defender Build Process

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.  Below are a few examples of current donors awaiting restoration.

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Built Not Bought: Getting The Ultimate Land Rover Defender

We don’t sell used Defenders. We build Defenders.  Explaining the difference between building a custom Defender and buying one that’s already complete is a struggle for us sometimes.

We get a lot of people that email us, or stop into the workshop asking the question:  “Are these for sale?”  The answer is always a little bit of a grey area and we don’t always have a clear answer.  The answer is always, “yes, sorta, maybe.”  This is because we’re a custom Builder, not a used car lot.  There’s a big difference.

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Starting The Process

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.

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A Defender for Everyone

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 respect the adventures that came before, while planning adventures yet to to be explored.

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

About Bishop+Rook

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 an 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

Contact Us

For more information, feel free to call or text us at +1 612.424.1642 or email us at mike@bishoprook.com

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