Project Bertha

1996 Land Rover Defender 90 - 300Tdi - Soft-Top

Heritage Build Defender

Project Bertha was a custom-built Land Rover Defender 90 Soft-Top Conversion completed by our Minnesota team. We had built something previously and had so many people ask us about it that we decided to do another one, but add a few more details and make her an original.

1996 Land Rover Defender 90
Soft-Top Beach Cruiser
300Tdi 2.5L Diesel
Satin Marine Blue
Custom Trimmed Leather Interior
Bulkhead Removal Bar
Custom Audio System

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Model Defender
Class 90
Body Type Pick-up, soft top or hard top
Model Year 1996
Steering LHD
Engine 300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 16L
Gearbox 5 Speed, R380, Manual
Factory Solihull, UK
Sequential number 974906

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Project Bertha - Donor

Project Bertha - Disassembly

Project Bertha - Chassis

Project Bertha - Bodywork

Project Bertha - Mechanical

Project Bertha - Rolling Chassis

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