This 1997 Defender 110 started its life as a 90. In 2013 Copley Motors outside of Boston, MA performed a frame off resto/mod and transformed the 90 into a 110 Beach Runner. The current owner bought the truck sight unseen from Copely in 2014, but was unimpressed with the quality of the work performed when the truck was delivered. This truck was then stripped back down to the galvanized frame and rebuilt using only Land Rover OEM parts, from the rivets to the wiring harness nothing was overlooked.
When the truck was in pieces and being prepped for a fresh paint with Glasurite Triple Black the quality of the body panels was not up to the new owners specifications, so a new rear tub, wings, doors and hood were bought from Land Rover. He decided to stay period correct, which is a nice touch with so many faux puma’s running around. It should also be noted that while the truck was apart the engine and transmission had a fresh rebuild, as well as new brakes and Old man Emu suspension. The aluminum wheels were switched out for steel NATO wheels fitted with BFG AT tires. It currently has less than 1k miles on the current restoration and a total of 9k on odometer.
I had the opportunity to drive this truck recently on a private ranch high above the beaches of Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was like stepping into a time capsule, everything with the exception of the new stereo felt and looked like an early 90’s Defender should. The ride was incredibly smooth with the engine running strong and the automatic transmission shifting without issue. The center diff lock and 4wd engaged easily and smoothly and worked as expected.
I wish I was in a different tax bracket, because if I could, I would snatch this truck up in a heartbeat.
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