This Corvette-Powered Defender Is the Vintage Land Rover You Really Want

There are many exquisite restored Defenders, but this is one you won’t be afraid to let your dogs ride in.

We post a lot of exquisite Land Rover Defender restomods on this site. Some are hand-restored works of art; others are heavily-customized ultimate expressions of what a Defender can be. They’re fantastic…but maybe a bit too fancy to bring to the beach and cart your wet dogs around in. For that, this excellent Defender 90 that’s popped up on Bring a Trailer may be more your speed.

This fetching green Defender 90 is a left-hand drive 1991 model. It had a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine swap, which — combined with a Hooker exhaust system — puts out about 500 horsepower, according to the seller. That power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. It has Fox racing shocks and several other mechanical upgrades. The odometer shows about 4,000 miles since the powertrain was swapped.

Granted, it’s not entirely perfect. The current owner hasn’t installed air conditioning; the center console is loose; the fuel pump makes intermittent noises; and it only has one set of jump seats, crammed into a rear cargo area that looks as though it’s seen plenty of cargo. But the imperfections add to the charm of a nearly 30-year-old vehicle that was never meant to be a meticulous, show-quality specimen.

So, you have a Defender that looks great on the exterior, doesn’t make you deal with 30-year-old British mechanical components, and is nice-but-not-fussy inside. It sounds like exactly what most people would want…except for the lack of air conditioning.

Only Nostradamus knows where the bidding will head for this 1991 Defender 90, but it’s already above $20,000 just day into the week-long auction, so we doubt it’ll sell cheap.

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