I recently visited Charleston, South Carolina, so I could finish my latest book. While I was there, I visited Charleston Cars and Coffee and encountered a six-wheeled Land Rover Defender fire truck. It was at that moment when I realized I would have to finish my book later.
The Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender: two awesomely archaic vehicles steeped in cultural identity. That would be American and British, respectively, of course. What better excuse for a trans-Atlantic truck throwdown?
The Land Rover Defender. A loud, uncomfortable British SUV built twenty years ago and cancelled in America because they couldn’t afford to fit it with airbags. It’s unreliable, it has few amenities, it’s slow… and a nice one is worth $70,000. And a really nice one is worth $100,000. How the hell is this possible?
Last year U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Charles Overby set out to legally import his 1985 Land Rover Defender from his station in Germany to the U.S. Now the truck’s trapped at an impound lot, and could potentially set a whole new precedent for automotive importing because of one arbitrary discrepancy.
The Isle of Man is a 220 square-mile splinter of the U.K. floating between England and Ireland. Host to (in)famous motorcycle racing and a spectacular auto museum, they love their cars out there. Especially Land Rovers.
Pour one out for the Land Rover Defender. Surrounded by more than 700 current and former employees from the Solihull plant, the last one ever rolled off the assembly line today.
ICON’s Defender is certainly fancier than Land Rover’s now discontinued original, but company founder Jonathan Ward doesn’t want it to be a fashion item.
The two-millionth Land Rover “Defender” built at the illustrious Solihull plant was just sold at auction for $600,000 to a bidder from Qatar. The truck is a publicity product which Bear Grylls and actress Virginia McKenna “helped assemble.” The money collected for it will go to charity.
Land Rover’s design chief Gerry McGovern has confirmed that the next Land Rover Defender will look “nothing like” the Lego-looking concepts we’ve seen, but he has said he wants to sell more the next time around. Way more.
Icon 4x4 builds Frankenstein vehicles—off-road trucks that meld modern mechanicals with vintage bodywork to create jaw-dropping machines. As founder Jonathan Ward showed off two of his creations to us, it became clear: These aren’t just hot-rods; they’re architecture, fashion, and industrial design rolled into…
Land Rover Defenders don’t usually go fast. But when they do, they look hilarious, unstoppable, and way too much fun.
If you wish to reach the very edge of a continent, all you need is a 20-year-old Land Rover Defender 90 with 216,000 miles on the clock, and a fresh pair of underpants.
Being in SPECTRE is a huge deal for both Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin, and both companies did their best to supply the producers with the most amazing vehicles James Bond has ever seen. But they are for your eyes only.
Land Rover invited a bunch of people close to the brand to build the 2,000,000th Series Land Rover/Defender at the Solihull factory. This special one-off will be auctioned by Bonhams for charity.
When you fight the law, the law usually wins. This is the case with most people, but not North Carolina attorney Will Hedrick, whose pro bono case against the federal government resulted in more than two dozen imported Land Rover Defenders to be returned to their owners following seizures last year.
Some stellar news today for fans of classic Land Rover Defenders, imported vehicles and anyone who’s not a fan of civil forfeiture: Nearly a year after they were seized by federal agents in pre-dawn raids across the country, and a few months after our big exposé on the seizures, more than two dozen imported Defenders…
When I first saw the Kahn’s Flying Huntsman take on the iconic Defender pick-up, my brain almost seized up like a ‘50s mainframe computer that you asked “what love is.” The part of my brain that registers cool things was fighting with the part of my brain that fetishizes pickup space utilization, and most of my head…
Kahn Design is a part supplier on the insanity scale between outfitters Mansory and Icon, leaning hard toward this side of "batshit." This Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 "Chelsea Wide Track" Pickup is what happens when they slap a big dose of body cladding on a tiny little truck. And it totally works.
The Jeep Africa is supposed to be "the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for back-country and overland expeditions." It's a sloped-roof station wagon Wrangler with 35" tires and a 2.8 liter diesel engine so yeah, I'd say they pretty much nailed it.