Brooklyn Coachworks Gives These Ancient Land Rover Defender 110 Models a Surprising Second Chance

Second chances are rare. Land Rover restomod experts at Brooklyn Coachworks give ancient Land Rover Defender 110 models another shot at greatness in modern times. The Brooklyn Coachworks team takes old-school Land Rover models and upgrades them to maximize their full potential decades after their heyday.

Land Rover Defender 110 restomods prove that old is gold

A custom-built Land Rover Defender 110 by Brooklyn Coachworks is parked. The vehicle was restored and modified by Brooklyn Coachworks.
A custom-built Land Rover Defender 110 by Brooklyn Coachworks | Brooklyn Coachworks

The Land Rover Defender 110 debuted way back in the early ’80s. Defender 110s were designed and marketed as trucks that could grapple with gnarly terrain. The modern-day Land Rover Defender has built a reputation for being an amazing off-road vehicle. Its predecessors built the foundation of the Defender’s popularity. Brooklyn Coachworks is showing the world that early Land Rover Defender 110s have still got it.

According to Expedition Portal, Brooklyn Coachworks not only restores Land Rover Defender 110 models to their former glory, but the company also makes them better than ever before. The company strategically keeps many of the vehicle’s components stock while adding new mechanical parts to improve performance specs. One example is the company’s Defender 110 HPCU 1-ton build.

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The Land Rover Defender 110 HPCU 1-ton build was inspired by the early 1-ton 109 Land Rovers. It includes a Tremec TR-4050 transmission coupled with a new crate Cummins R2.8 turbodiesel engine. It also features heavy-duty axle shafts, a PTO Superwinch H14, and ARB air lockers. The 38-inch Michelin XZL tires are the cherry on top.

Brooklyn Coachwork build bodies may look old, but they aren’t to be trifled with. The Land Rover Defender 110 HPCU 1-ton build makes the truck heavier, larger, and more equipped for both work and play (off-roading). The build got a four-inch lift to fit its enormous wheels and tires.

This classic Land Rover Defender 110 has finally realized its purpose

 A Land Rover Defender 110 is displayed during the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC on September 02, 2021 in Birmingham, England. This year's Commercial Vehicle Show is taking place for the first time since May 2019, and presents opportunities for everyone working in road transport operations, logistics and distribution-based businesses.
The Land Rover Defender 110 | John Keeble via Getty Images

Brooklyn Coachworks’ main focus when building custom Land Rover Defender 110 models is to modify the truck enough that it can actually pull its weight in modern times. The company’s Defender 110 HPCU 1-ton build has a rated pulling power of 14,000+ pounds using its winch. This build is hardly just for show.

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The four inches of lift, beefy tires, and heavy-duty axle shafts are perfect for off-roading. The team at Brooklyn Coachworks took the old-school Defender 110 and transformed it into what it had aspired to be so many years ago. The modified version mixes old-school charm, class, and simplicity with new tech and performance upgrades.

Brooklyn Coachworks fuses ’80s Land Rover zeitgeist with modern capability

The interior of a custom-built Land Rover Defender 110 modified by Brooklyn Coachworks.
A custom-built Land Rover Defender 110 by Brooklyn Coachworks | Brooklyn Coachworks

The beauty of Brooklyn Coachworks builds is the company’s ability to retain the spirit and essence of rugged Land Rovers despite implementing plenty of modern add-ons. The custom Land Rover Defender 110 models work better than their factory-state, yet their original aesthetic remains. The company strives to keep as many interior components stock, or as reminiscent of the stock version as possible.

Brookly Coachworks Land Rover Defender 110s keeps it classic while adding new features such as heated seats, air conditioning, and Bluetooth USB ports. Kickin’ it old school has never been so comfortable or convenient. Early Land Rover Defender 110 models may not have made the huge impact that the company intended. Brooklyn Coachworks has put a lot of elbow grease into proving that these old-school pickups deserve to be restored. These custom Land Rovers can cost well over 200,000. The question is, how much are you willing to pay for nostalgia?

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