Since the discontinuation of the Defender back in 2016, it has experienced quite the restomod renaissance, with all manner of aftermarket customizers upgrading the platform with more powerful engines, premium interior finishings, and top-of-the-line build components. And while it means that — in most cases — the iconic off-roader is now an unattainable aspiration for us mere mortals, the good news is that Land Rover has plenty of other classics well worth a look.
Just take this 1972 Range Rover S1, for instance. It’s the product of a complete restoration by Dutch-based Tophat Classics, a specialist in Land Rover conversions and complete rebuilds. As such, it comes with all of its period-correct fixings, including bright “Bahama Gold” paint, forward-mounted mirrors, and its original leather interior. However, under the hood, you’ll find that the stock 3.5L V8 has been replaced by a 6.2L LT1 V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette, an addition that enables it to put down some 500hp to all four wheels. And in order to handle the extra oomph, Tophat has treated it to a new Magnum 6-speed manual gearbox, along with some adjustable air suspension, Koni shocks, and larger brakes. With only 155 miles on the clock, it could be yours for $332,600.
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