While the British automaker has ceased production of the legendary Defender to focus on developing a new generation, fans can still get their dose of the off-roading machine through special projects such as Barbour.
With rugged, vintage lines, seemingly about the same since 1983 until production ended mere months ago, the legendary Land Rover Defender is certainly a true off-road classic. It’s among the most sought after SUVs when it comes to real 4×4 prowess, meaning the heritage makes many people still search for a “new” example with custom builders. With such heritage no wonder clothing company Orvis partnered with Barbour North America and East Coast Defender to create their dream retro Land Rover Defender. The latter, Kissimmee, Florida-based shop is already well known for its taste in Defenders.
Codenamed Project Barbour, this new bespoke Defender comes with a handsome Coniston Green paint, color-coordinated wheels, a Rovers North beige soft top with the Barbour logo and exquisite detailing to the grille and headlights. The interior gains elements such as a Momo Indy steering wheel, saddle leather seats with Barbour Tartan inserts, Barbour Tartan door pockets with Barbour zip closure, and a Kenwood stereo with Infinity speakers. The oomph is provided by a rebuilt Rover V8 engine, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. The unique car is actually part of Orvis and Barbour’s co-branded “Great Defender Adventure Sweepstakes,” allowing a very fortunate fan to own this one-of-a-kind SUV.