1990 Land Rover Defender 110 – V8 (RHD)
We’re currently in the middle of transforming this Defender into a daily driving beast of a V8. We’re currently working on the bodywork to match up all the panels – which had an amazing tapestry of white painted over the years – none quite match exactly. With that, we’re removing all the tiny dings and dents acquired from driving into the bush. The price will be reflected (adjusted up) as we go along.
ABOUT THIS WELL-STORIED DEFENDER
Project Ousus, Big Siser in Afrikaans, is coming into the workshop this week, and we will get more photos/videos at that time. In the interim period, we’re happy to share some details about the vehicle.
We plan to do a complete mechanical refresh on this vehicle while keeping as much of the originality of the Defender as possible.
Preservation Series Refresh
1990 Land Rover Defender 110
Rover 3.5L V8 Petrol
A few things to note:
1. Built as a Camping Vehicle
2. Excellent Chassis (Factory Galvanized) + Bulkhead
3. 30L Freshwater Tank
4. Factory Air Conditioning
5. Front Runner Style Roof Rack
6. Comes with Awning and Tent (if desired)
Our Build Plan:
1. Full Mechanical Refresh
2. New Bull Bar
3. New Side Steps
4. Interior refresh/clean
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.
OPTIONS FOR THIS PROJECT
Full exterior respray in factory white
Interior re-trim (cloth/vinyl/leather)
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.
Tier One: Bishop+Rook Certified – Price Listed Above
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. You can enjoy this state forever or use it as a foundation for future upgrades, enhancements, or refurbishments.
Tier Two: Bishop+Rook Preservation Class – $47,500 (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 sorted correctly. This will include all the tier one mechanical elements above but also includes 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 for a full refurbishment whilst doing a more extensive mechanical refurbishment.
Tier Three: Bishop+Rook Preservation Class Plus – $55,250 (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. The headliner will be re-trimmed, interior panels replaced or retrimmed, new floor coverings (carpet and/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.
Tier Four: Bishop+Rook Heritage Class Restoration – $75,000 (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.
Tier Five: Bishop+Rook Bespoke Class Restoration – $95,000+ (based on features)
Our Bespoke class of builds allows for more customization options for each build. Customers can choose 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.
THE BISHOP+ROOK BUILD DIFFERENCE
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.
COMMISSIONS + BUILDS
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.
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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For more information, feel free to call or text us at +1 612.424.1642 or email us at email@example.com
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