This Land Rover Defender 90 ‘Outlander’ is a stunning bespoke ‘resto-mod’ 4x4, presented in a heritage-inspired colour scheme and in excellent mechanical order. Under the bonnet is the 2.4-litre TDCi engine producing around 120bhp and 265lb-ft of torque, with permanent four-wheel drive via a six-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows 89,882 miles, though this car has been extensively refurbished.

The basis of this build was an original Defender 90 Pick-up, which was first registered in March 2010, and which has just three previous keepers. Its customisation was overseen by the Outlander Vehicles company run by enthusiast Graham Mann. The Pick-up was disassembled and built back up using a raft of carefully selected hand-built components. The current owner acquired the car earlier this year in a Collecting Cars online auction, but has now commenced his own custom build of a Defender 130.

Its chassis is in good order, having been completely stripped and galvanised, and the body panels have been freshly painted in timeless Keswick Green. It sports wider wheel arches, a custom grille, and a half roll cage bolted into the load bed. All of the panels are in great shape, and the paint finish remains smooth and glossy all around the car.

Rather than a fixed roof, this Defender features removable window panels and a custom-made heavy duty hood frame. Despite the evidently modern stance and body trims, the style is very much in tribute to the pared-back Series I soft-top models. The rear deck is fashioned from individual hand-crafted oak planks, while the side protection runners were stripped and galvanised before also having the oak slats fitted. Numerous components have been upgraded for higher-grade items, including solid billet hinges, stainless steel fixings, and zinc-coated accessories.

In the cabin, the black seats are fitted with durable sand-coloured canvas covers from Exmoor trim, which remain in great condition. Between the seats is a bespoke oak cubby box, and ahead of the driver is a wood-rimmed Momo steering wheel. The dashboard is partially painted in green to match the body, and it also features the billet alloy gear levers.

Mechanically, this Defender is reported to be in excellent condition, with the last scheduled maintenance taking place at 89,809 miles, where a full service was performed and leaking swivel joints and rear shock bushes were replaced. The incorrect tow bar was removed and the correct tow bar and drop plate was fitted, with working electrics that were not operational before. The exhaust was also removed and refitted correctly, and it had a Stage 2 detail all at a cost of £1,561.91 at Knowl Hill Land Rover.

The most recent MOT test was carried out on 15 October 2020 at 89,814 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories or defects whatsoever. The wheels are shod in substantial 305/70 R16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tyres, which have plenty of tread remaining.

This ‘Outlander’ Defender 90 Pick-up is a stunning custom-built Land Rover that boasts a genuinely unique specification. Far from being an assembly of aftermarket elements, a raft of components were hand-made especially for this particular car. It presents with a stripped-back but beautifully crafted appearance, using high-grade finishes and materials all around the car. The Defender’s everyday usability and off-road capability is not compromised, and this is an incredibly chic utility car that is equally well-suited to being displayed at shows as it is to conquering rough terrain.

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Please note: the cherished plate shown on the car is not included in the sale. It will be switched back to an age-related registration plate in the event of a successful auction.

Car Overview

  • 89,825 miles
  • manual
  • RHD
  • Keswick Green
  • Black cloth / sand covers
  • 2.4L

Lot Overview

  • Lot #02089
  • private Sale
  • Henley, United Kingdom


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