2006 Land Rover Defender 90 TD5 'Renovatio' 4x4 Registration no. MA56 ORA Chassis no. SALLDVB576A726124
Rebuilding utilitarian vehicles to luxury standards has provided specialist coachbuilders with a lucrative source of trade since the days of the Austin Seven, Harold Radford's reworked Minis so popular with show business celebrities - being a case in point from the modern era. Here we see this idea applied to the Land Rover Defender by independent marque specialists Mastora Limited of Alnwick, Northumberland, a family-run business with an enviable track record of classic car restoration stretching back to 1976.
The base vehicle is a Defender 90 TD5 dating from 2006, the last year of the Solihull-built Defender-specific TD5 engine, making it highly desirable. Fully restored and rebuilt to the company's extensively upgraded 'Renovatio' specification with no expense spared, it incorporates a new GKN galvanised and powder-coated chassis, and a new genuine Land Rover bulkhead. Drive train and suspension components likewise have been powder-coated and the Landy repainted in stunning Madagascar Orange metallic, which is also applied to the dashboard centre panel. Re-upholstered in Hi-Line Nappa leather with contrasting stitching, the ultra-luxurious six-seater interior boasts a MoMo steering wheel; air conditioning with additional side de-misters; heated front seats; LED lighting; Alcantara headlining and visors; a Alpine single DIN head unit and subwoofer; and bespoke Wilton carpeting throughout.
Turning to the mechanicals, the engine incorporates an AMC up-rated cylinder head; variable-geometry turbocharger; 'Renovatio' inter-cooler; and a remapped ECU, while the exhaust system in stainless steel. The upgraded 'Renovatio' suspension features anti-roll bars; 1" lower springs; and gas dampers, while other improvements to the running gear include EBC slotted disc brakes front and rear; a 1.2:1 ratio transfer box; and 'Renovatio' Sawtooth 18" alloy wheels shod with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres.
Other specification highlights include the following:
Heated front and rear screens
Electric front windows
Remote alarm and central locking
Crystal Hawkeye LED headlights
Stainless steel exterior fittings
Bumper-mounted daytime running LEDs
LED side, stop, and tail lights
Panoramic privacy side and rear windows
Tubular rear step and towing bracket
7-pin electrics towing package
Completed in 2018, this unique ultimate-specification Defender has covered fewer than 100 miles since the rebuild and is presented in truly immaculate condition, worthy of the closest inspection. A photographic record of the build process is on file and the vehicle also comes with related bills, current MoT, and a V5C document.