When it comes to all-terrain vehicles, the sturdy yet stylish Land Rover Defender takes some beating. And while they are fairly commonplace in the UK, these vehicles – especially vintage versions – are more difficult to come by in the US because they simply haven’t been manufactured for that market. Luckily, a classic car (one that is 25 years or older) can be imported into the US, and this is where the just-launched West Coast Defender comes in.
Founded by car enthusiast Matthew Perlman, West Coast Defender scours both Europe and the US for classic 90 and 110 editions of these beloved cars and then sets about testing, replacing parts, and refinishing both their interiors and exteriors. Each of West Coast Defender’s vehicles is subjected to a rigorous 230-point safety and reliability inspection in the UK, where the technical staff is based, and each is guaranteed to be in top condition upon entrance to the US market.
Working closely with each client, a team of specialists ensures that everything from customised paint colours and carpets to exquisite leather interiors meets exacting client specifications. State-of-the-art sound systems, fog lights, grills, the latest navigational equipment and Bluetooth are all possible. West Coast Defender strives to “reimagine the original vehicle with modern amenities, while staying true to the Defender’s classic heritage”, explains Perlman.
With prices ranging from $95,000 for the classic two-door 90 Defender to $110,000 for the nine-seater 110, further customisations are priced on application and generally take between two and four weeks to complete. With a stellar safety track record over the vehicle’s 65-year history, the Defender is a machine that is clearly built to stand the test of time. The addition of West Coast Defender’s bespoke services ensures that they will endure Stateside as well – and super stylishly, no less.