The Best Land Rover Defenders: Keeping The Icon Alive

If your 4×4 Defender isn’t cutting it, traversing mountains and ripping through rivers, check out this on-going list for inspiration as we honour Land Rover’s iconic and venerable off-roader as designers, custom shops, and fans keep the Defender alive. 

It’s been a good run. First launched in 1948, the Land Rover Defender utility off-roader was first developed from the original Land Rover Series over 67-years ago. Fast-forward 2015,  the British automaker announced the Defender would end production in December 2015 (with one report stating production extension into February 2016). And interesting tidbit: the Defender was originally called the Land Rover One Ten introduced in 1983 and the Land Rover 90 introduced in 1984 – both model names representing the wheelbase.

In 1990, Land Rover shifted from the Defender 90 to simply the Land Rover Defender in 1989, the same year the new Discovery SUV entered the wary market (to be banished around 10 years later, and now resurrected in 2015).

While we’re excited the Discovery is back to replace the awkward LR2, we’re more excited about the possibility of the stylish DC100 concept introduced at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Land Rover, let’s make it happen.

Our On-Going List of the Best Land Rover Defenders, Keeping the Legacy Alive with these Amped Up Versions

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Power Meets Adventure: New Limited-Edition Defender Works V8 for 2019

The most powerful model to date, the Defender Works V8 is what Land Rover fans have been yearning for.

The “Project Barbour” Heritage Edition Defender 90 by ECD

East Coast Defender teams up with Barbour and Orvis on this Heritage Edition Defender 90 dubbed ‘Project Barbour’ they’re giving away in 2018.

New Horizons: Arkonik’s COLUMBUS D110 Defender Ready for Any Voyage

Equipped with a 2-inch lift kit, 16-inch Kahn wheels, and roof rack to haul all that gear, Arkonik’s COLUMBUS D110 Defender is ready.

Arkonik’s 1992 Defender Avant-Garde D110 Project

Arkonik’s new build is the clean & tasteful Avant-Garde in a classic Bonatti Grey paint scheme backed by the workhorse 200Tdi powertrain.

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The 1991 SHACKLETON Defender D110 Adventure Edition by UK’s Arkonik

UK-based Arkonik lives and breathes all things Land Rover Defender. Their latest build is the 1991 D110-series SHACKLETON Adventure Edition.

Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition: Only 65 Units Produced

This badass Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition is limited to 65 units in the ‘Santorini Black’ model. Powered by a 2.2L diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission.

Project Viper Defender 130: The $285,000 Corvette-Powered Off-Road Beast

Rolling on huge 20″ custom wheels and powered by a 430-hp Corvette engine, the Project Viper Defender 130 is what custom SUVs are all about.

Land Rover Defender 110 Pickup by Project Kahn

Project Kahn is no stranger to slamming Land Rovers for uncompromising consumers. Their latest project? The Defender 110 pickup truck.


Rugby World Cup 2015 Land Rover Defender Revealed

Special Land Rover Defender for Rugby World Cup To Carry the Trophy Starting June 10.

Project Blackout: A 326-hp Daily Driver Defender 90

When a 430-hp 6.2L V8-fed beast is too much, a ‘less’ powerful 326-hp engine will do. Project Blackout is the latest build by EDC in Florida.

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Project Honey Badger Defender: 0-60 in Under 6-seconds

A 430-hp Land Rover Defender 90 that’ll do 0-60 in under 6-seconds? Yes. Project Honey Badger is the latest creation by East Coast Defender.

The Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose

The Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose is due to make its official debut at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Kahn Design Adds Flying Huntsman 105 Defender Pickup

The Flying Huntsman 105 Defender pickup truck adds another creation to the Kahn Designs Land Rover Defender portfolio of awesome.

6-wheeled Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6×6 Concept set for Geneva

Kahn Designs builds the Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6×6 Concept, set for the Geneva Motor Show.

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