The Land Rover Defender is perhaps the most definitive overland vehicle, with events like the Camel Trophy cementing its legacy as a 4WD icon. The Defender is not particularly refined or comfortable, and it certainly won’t win any races, but none of that matters. This is a vehicle built for purpose, and when it comes to overland travel, few 4WDs can compete (well, except the Toyota Land Cruiser, but we’ll brush over that). We’ve featured a number of overland-ready Defenders recently, including this 1996 130 Camper, a 2012 TD4 with Globe Camper, and a 130 Expedition Camper. Today’s example features the dependable 300Tdi motor, premium modifications, well-equipped camper interior, Alu-Cab Icarus pop-top, and is priced at a very reasonable $58,000 OBO. This rig is currently located in the United Kingdom, but the seller is offering international shipping.
From the Seller:
“This vehicle has given me confidence to live off-grid, to explore any path knowing that it’s more than capable to get you to the destination, wherever that may be. Recognized across the globe, people are always excited to see and talk to you about your rig.Rugged, nimble, and above all comfortable … Pop the roof, pull up a chair, and enjoy countless sunsets.”
1997 Land Rover Defender 110 300Tdi
The Defender is fitted with the long-lived 300Tdi engine that produces 111 horsepower and up to 285 pound-feet of torque. This one has been completely rebuilt and uprated with various components to improve performance. These include an AMC gas-flowed cylinder head, Turbo Technics VNT turbocharger, Allisport radiator, SS Exhaust, and more. On the road, the Defender is decidedly agricultural, but with a wide array of aftermarket parts and accessories, the driving experience and interior comfort can be improved. However, off pavement the Defender is nigh-on unstoppable, thanks to permanent 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case, manual locking center differential, and more. If you’d like to see how this 4WD icon stands up against the latest iteration, check out Expedition Portal’s The New Defender vs. The Classic Defender.
- SS Safari Equipment auxiliary fuel tank, 56-liter
- Old Man Emu coils and shocks
- Two AGM batteries and 240 watts of solar
- Alu-Cab Icarus pop-top
- Howling Moon 270-degree awning and sides
- MaxXtrac Blindo alloy wheels with BFGoodrich A/T tires
- Eberspacher night heater
This 1997 Land Rover Defender 110 300Tdi Poptop Camper is listed for $58,000 OBO and is currently located in the United Kingdom. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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