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Old 01-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. I'm new to this forum and new to Land Rovers. Was hoping to get some help/guidance and tap into the forum's expertise.

Does anyone have any experience importing refurbished Defenders from overseas? There appear to be a couple of companies in England that specialized in finding 25+ yr old Defenders, doing a ground up restoration and then selling to US market.

Not sure if this is the way to go if I want a Defender. U.S. prices (based on Ebay search) seem to be all over the map - with the condition of the vehicle presumably playing a big role. There is a dealership here in Mass. that specializes in selling original pre-97 Defenders, some with pretty low mileage, but the prices are mind-blowing ($60-80,000).

If I go the restoration route, I can get a vehicle with a modern diesel engine (big plus for me) and my wife can spec out the interior so it isn't quite so utilitarian (big plus for her). But I don't want to spend what will still be a fair amount of money on what ends up being a pimped out rust bucket with a new paint job.

Your advice, counsel and personnel experiences would be appreciated.

BTW - this would not be a primary vehicle, but also cannot be a garage queen. And we would expect it to see at least moderate off road use although nothing overly technical or extreme.
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Lots of info over there and the guys that do it all for you.

My 83 was imported and someone else did all the work much better that way.
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Just make sure you go with a reputable shop, not the cheapest. I've heard horror stories of great looking Defenders being purchased and shipped over only to find the frame completely rotted. The holes in the frame had been filled with newspaper, bondoed, then painted and looked great. I'm sure that work wasn't disclosed to the buyer when he sent them his hard earned cash.


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