Custom Land Rovers, as unique as they all are, are a dime-a-dozen these days. If you really want to stand out this 1974 Land Rover Series III is fitted with armored plates and bulletproof glass, not to mention the decommissioned grenade launcher and machine gun turret.
Originally commissioned by the British military and built by the Short Brothers and Harland of Belfast, Northern Ireland and it might be the safest Land Rover Series III you can buy. The armored cell is completely enclosed from the firewall back and sitting on a long wheelbase version of the Series III. Bulletproof glass protects the interior which, according to the seller has been completely refurbished and reupholstered. Though, to be fair, the upholstery is limited to just the driver and passenger seat.
However, just because the vehicle is overloaded with armor plating and defensive weapon fitments doesn’t mean this old Series III can’t boogie off road. The 2625cc straight-six certainly has its work cut out for it sending 91 horsepower through a 4-speed manual gearbox, and a dual-range transfer case. The seller also says the armored Defender can maintain a healthy 50-55 mph — despite the weight increase — on top of the ground clearance and this thing certainly classifies as an all-terrain vehicle. There’s not much room on the inside to speak of but if you do take this beast off-roading, know that you’ll at least be safe from the bears… and pretty much anything that comes your way.
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