Archives for posts with tag: Land Rover

Land Rover just released the new 2020 Defender. It has some amazing features, like a display setting that shows the vehicle’s front wheels driving over the actual terrain outside while rendering the vehicle itself invisible. That’s seems like a truly handy feature for picking your way through difficult terrain. It also has some odd features like a body-colored square in the middle of the rear window of the new Defender 90 that seems to have no other purpose than creating a huge blind spot.

The previous generation of the Defender went 33 years without a major redesign. I’m not smitten by the look of the new generation but have a look for yourself in these twin videos that appear to be taken at them same press event. Even the walk-ons by the hosts, one, Richard Hammond for Drive Tribe, the other, Henry Catchpole for Carfection, are basically the same. Funny.

The second video appears after the jump. Hat tip to my good friend Greg McDonald for calling this one in! Read the rest of this entry »

Save this one for when you have some time. It’s an hour and ten minutes of overlanding action as three mates head up the wild east coast of Australia’s northern Cape York Peninsula.

When I say wild, I do mean wild. They’ve gotten permission to drive much of it along the beach and have to take tides into account when rounding rocky points and crossing rivers. That and, of course, avoiding the crocodiles while doing a bit of night fishing. It looks like a lot of fun.

Here’s a nice Valentine’s Day surprise from Land Rover to four friends in New Zealand who decided, regretfully, to say goodbye to their jointly-owned Series Land Rover.

Thanks to our friend Greg from gadmachine for the tip!

Defender Final Editions, via WCXC

Car and Driver reports that it’s the end of the line for the venerable Land Rover Defender, the 4×4 whose lineage goes all the way back to the very first Series Land Rovers designed at Coventry in 1947. The Series Land Rovers, and Defenders, as they were later renamed, are the vehicles that, along with the Jeep, ushered in the four-wheel-drive era as we know it. To honor the end of their production, Land Rover is sending them out in three special editions.

The special editions hew along three themes: the Adventure Edition (adventure), the Autobiography Edition (luxury), and the Heritage Edition (retro).

The downside? They won’t available in the United States.

Check out the Car and Driver article below for more details.

Lots more photos after the jump.

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Car and Driver: Defender Bows Out with Three Final Editions

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Land Rover Series 3, West County Explorers Club

This fully restored 1984 Land Rover Series III 109 wagon was listed on ebay this summer. I haven’t seen that many long-wheelbase two-doors. The truck looks stunning in grey with cream steel wheels.

Here’s what the ad had to say:

During the process of the restoration the car was fully dismantled and all automobile components, frame, engine, transmission, body details, wiring, brake system and cooling system has been checked and rebuilt.

All components have been cleaned from dust, rust and the old layer of color. After cleaning the metal components were galvanized, covered with powder color or colored. All aluminum body panels were cleared from old color and covered with qualitative primer, which shields it from oxidation.

The floor, the roof, the engine cover and the doors have been lined with sound-proof panels. Individual roof side and floor lining has been set up.

Regulation of valves, carburetor, wheel alignment, brakes, manual brakes and front lamps, as well as tire balancing has been carried out.

A 500km long test ride has been made with the automobile, after the test ride, a technical test has been carried out and regulation was checked no defects were found.

The automobile is in excellent technical and visual condition, it is ready to participate in road traffic or increase a collection.

The asking price was $49,000 and the truck was located in Latvia, in eastern Europe.

More photos after the jump.

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Here’s the story of a Camel Trophy barn (or field, rather) find in Colorado. According to the story, surviving the 1993 Malaysian Camel Trophy was just the start of its rough-and-tumble odyssey.

The post has some nice detail shots of what an old Camel Trophy truck looks like.

Link:
Expo, Camel Trophy Land Rover

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There’s a company in LA called West Coast Defender that’s doing for the Defender what TLC does for Land Cruisers, that is, finding vintage models, restoring them to better than new condition, and selling them on to you.

They sell Defender 90s and 110s in gas or diesel. Prices range from $85,000 to $105,000.

Link trail: gadmachine > Gear Patrol > West Coast Defender

1970 Land Rover Range Rover
Here’s a set of images I found by way of our WCXC Pinterest board. I’m not sure where they’re from other than the webpage I found them on. They’re a great shots of the 1970 Land Rover Range Rover. That’s the first year the Range Rover was released.

Read the rest of the post to see a gallery of my favorite images or follow the link above to see the whole set on the source site.

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There was a great post by Sinuhe Xavier on Expedition Portal last month called Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry. The short story is Sinuhe and his buddy go scouting through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and the place flash floods on account of heavy rain.

The even shorter story: the photos are amazing. Check it out.

Link: Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry