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.
When this Defender rolled off the transport truck at our Renville workshop we were less than happy. Not because of this Defender, but that the driver had hit a bridge on the way to deliver the 5 vehicles to our shop. It was also miserably cold out and our focus was more on the damaged Defenders and not the other donor trucks.
As we had to wait for the insurance claim to be settled, we put Estrella in storage and pretty much forgot about her for a couple of months until the weather turned nice and I started to get curious.
She ran terribly when she got into the workshop. We spent several days correcting a variety of mechanical issues, including botched wiring, rotted fuel lines, and a tank of fuel that had likely been filled prior to Covid-19. As we fixed little things here and there, she started to come to life in a way we didn’t expect. We got her running really smooth after going through the entire fuel and electrical system, which allowed us to drive her around the workshop a bit.
A few weeks later we had the time (and space) to bring it to our Minneapolis workshop where we could do a bit more diving and a much deeper assessment. What we found was an incredibly solid chassis, strong motor, and tons of character. While she was originally earmarked for a full restoration, we realized that she was probably one of the most original Defenders we’ve seen in a long time – and that it would be a shame to take her apart.
We built this tool ourselves to help people see how the different restoration levels and accessories will impact their budget. We’re much better at building Defenders than we are at online budget calculators, but it should help point you in the right direction.
We offer Defenders anywhere from $35,000 to $150,000, so there are a lot of variables in the middle. Understanding your budget will help you determine the most important priorities for a build or sourcing project.
The link to the tool is above, but here are a few examples of how this particular vehicle might price out: