1997 Land Rover Defender 110 – 300Tdi (RHD)


Lindi – named after the lovely woman who previously owned this Land Rover Defender – was called Sweet Potato by her and her family.  While you’re free to call this Defender Sweet Potato, we thought it would be more appropriate to name the project after the person who took such good care of this Defender over the years.

The previous caretakers shared many wonderful stories with us about the Defender – including extensive travels through Africa and the young children being home-schooled out of the back of the Defender.

This is a Land Rover Defender that comes out of our South Africa workshop – where we love finding Defenders that have been set up for an adventure – overlanding, camping, and expeditions.  The dry inland climate helps to preserve them quite nicely.

We classify this Defender into our Preservation Series – which comes with an extensive Bishop+Rook Mechanical Certification process, including 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 appear in the future.  This gives customers the peace of mind they want when adopting a vintage Land Rover Defender. This eliminates the stress and anxiety associated with deferred maintenance or hidden mechanical issues often found with used Defenders being purchased online.  While this is not a full rebuild, it provides great comfort and reliability for those looking for an everyday Land Rover Defender to drive.

We plan to do a complete mechanical refresh on this vehicle while keeping as much of the originality of the Defender as possible.

A few things to note:

1. Only 2 Owners from New (not including us)
2. Factory Air Conditioning (being re-commissioned)
3. Extra Long Fuel Tanks with Pump Switch
4. Chassis and Bulkhead in exceptional condition
5. Aluminum Roof Rack
6. Bull Bar and Winch Package
7. Very clean and tidy original interior
8. 40L Water Tank with External Tap
9. Front and Rear Tow Bars
10. Alloy Wheels

Preservation Series Restoration

1997 Land Rover Defender 110
300Tdi 2.5L Diesel
R380 Gearbox
County Wagon

Our Build Plan:

1. Refresh/Service 300Tdi Engine
2. Refresh/Service R380 Gearbox
3. Refresh/Service Transfer Case
4. Refresh/ServiceFront/Rear Axles
5. New seals and trim, where necessary

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





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. We are committed to supporting the market for those looking for everything from a driving restoration to a fully custom build Defender.

We believe in educating people through the process of adopting their first Defender – ensuring they have as much information as possible before they decide on the approach that fits their unique needs.  For some, it’s a simple driver, while others might be looking for a full mechanical overhaul and customization to be used as a daily driver or financial investment.



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


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. 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.


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).  The Bishop+Rook Journal is a great way to get started – as it’s the place where we post as much information as possible about buying a Defender.  Once you’ve gathered a base level of knowledge, you’ll need to decide on one very important thing: budget. We recently launched a “Defender Budget Pricing Calculator” to help folks understand the different pricing levels you should expect to see on the market.

We offer each person 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 reliable, 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.



Bishop+Rook is a Minneapolis-based importer and restorer of classic Land Rover Defenders. We have multiple workshops and sourcing centers worldwide – ensuring easy access to Defenders, parts, and experience to give them a second life.  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.

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Price $49,500 Preservation Series
Miles n/a
Color White
Registration Pending Import