Want a Custom Vintage Land Rover Defender? Here Are the Brands You Should Know

It's hard to match the charm of a classic Land Rover Defender, especially when it has been endowed with more love than its creators ever intended.

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ECD

We love the new Land Rover Defender here at Gear Patrol, but it’s hard to match the charm of the old one — especially when it's been pored over from the frame up, finished with the finest materials and endowed with far more hands-on love than its designers ever intended.

If you’re looking to build a custom Defender, there are several U.S.-based companies that specialize in importing European vehicles and converting them into your modern dream SUV. (For a substantial price, of course).

Check out the vintage Land Rover Defender brands to know below.

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Arkonik
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Arkonik

Arkonik is a British-based company specializing in frame-off (i.e. as complete as they get) restorations of European Defenders for the North American market. They've produced such stunning builds as the SoCal D90 and Switchback 110.

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ECD Automotive Design
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ECD Automotive Design

Florida-based E.C.D. Automotive Design, formerly East Coast Defender, may be the biggest name in American Land Rover restoration. They specialize in beefed-up, luxed-out custom builds like the overlanding-ready Project Invictus.

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Heritage Driven
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Heritage America Defender

New Mexico-based Heritage Driven offers endless customization options, whether you're looking for a modern-but-classic-looking Defender or a Baja-ready trophy truck.

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HHH Heritage
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HH Heritage

Chicago-based HHH Heritage specializes in giving Europe-sourced Defenders a "second act," whether that's with a light refresh or a frame-up custom rebuild.

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Himalaya
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Himalaya

South-Carolina based Himalaya specializes in Defender restorations, whether that's super-powerful heavily modernized versions or traditional builds that are as close to buying a new classic Defender as you can get in the U.S.

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North America Overland
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North America Overland

Connecticut-based North America Overland specializes in producing better-than-new restorations of Defenders and older Series II models.

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Osprey Custom Cars
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North Carolina-based Osprey Custom Cars builds cutting-edge Defender 90/110/130 builds, using galvanized chassis and LS-swapped engines.

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Overfinch
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Overfinch

Overfinch is a tuner that claims to produce the "ultimate expression" of Land Rovers. They do elaborate and intricate builds of pretty much every Land Rover model — including the classic Defender.

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Safari HP
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Safari HP

Orlando-based Safari HP does everything from frame-up cumplete custom rebuilds to à la carte upgrades.

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Twisted Automotive
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Twisted Automotive

This English-based firm recently expanded to North America, bringing with it impeccably-made custom Defenders powered by both GM V8s and electric motors.

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