Heritage Restoration

Project Bokke

Heritage Series D90 - 300Tdi - LHD


We acquired this Carabinieri Defender from Italy where it was formerly as an Italian military and police service vehicle. These vehicles make excellent donors, due to the dry climate – ensuring the chassis are in good pre-restoration state.

Assessment + Strip Down

Disassembly of a vintage Land Rover Defender in preparation for preservation is a meticulous undertaking that involves careful assessment of each part. Beginning with the exterior, the body panels, including the front fenders, doors, hood, are methodically removed, ensuring they are cataloged for future reference.  But for the most part, it’s two solid days of taking stuff apart.


There are a variety of mechanical components of a Land Rover Defender restoration.  The most essential elements are the engine, gearbox, transfer case, and axles.  These are all stripped down and taken to our machining workshop to assess what needs to be done for the next stage of the refurbishment.  The engine and gearbox are typically completely rebuilt, with the axles and transfer cases requiring extensive service.

Model Defender
Class 90
Body Type Pick-up, soft top or hard top
Model Year 1997
Steering LHD
Engine 300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L
Gearbox 5 Speed, R380, Manual
Factory Solihull, UK
Sequential number 128948
Paint code Currently unknown.
Build date Sep 1997 (estimated)

Project Introduction

We like to introduce the team working on your project, which helps put a little bit of a personal and human touch to the process of restoration. It take a lot of time and effort to transform these vehicles into something that will lasts for generations. These are the people doing that work.

Bishop+Rook Heritage Defenders