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The Land Rover Defender is known to many car enthusiasts and restoration specialists as the vehicle that can go anywhere up to the ends of Earth. It was first built as a small but swift cargo vehicle that can transport military gear to the farthest places where the fighting was most intense. It was also designed and conceived as a vehicle that can pass through the toughest terrain on the battlefield where the destination is surrounded by minefields and under heavy fire.

Today, the SUV remains popular among believers and lovers of the good ole overland all-terrain car. Some of them have even opted to splash some glamour on their 4x4s. If you want to know what they’ve done so far, here are some suggested savvy upgrades that have already been done on a restored Defender. These upgrades will certainly make your car look gorgeous.

Match Your Exteriors And Interiors With Luxury

One of the best upgrades you can do to your Defender is to match your exteriors and interiors with the look of any one of your luxury cars. If you have one or several luxury cars, you can restore your Defender to match with one of the vehicles. There are vehicle restoration companies that are very skilled, experienced, and capable of making a restored Defender look stylish and grand. After all, there’s nothing like the old go-to machine of the US military that has no time to die and that’s turned into a match or twin of the unique and luxury vehicles in your collection. 

For example, a renowned vehicle restoration specialist has done an impressive work on twinning a modern custom Defender 110 with the client’s McLaren vehicle. The custom Defender was modified to take on a shocking red interior, which was so similar in look and feel to its McLaren sibling. 

The specialists did a lot of modifications to the body of the Defender 110. They put on a racer style front bumper on the Defender to give it the frontal look of a McLaren racing machine. They also added a full Kahn body kit to complete the stylish reprisal of its McLaren sibling. 

For the interiors, they were able to create a shocking contrast between the eggshell Quantum grey exterior colour of the Defender and its brand-new interior look. They used Spinneybeck Carmen Red & Prime Meridian upholstery to splash the interiors with red. 

The final look gives you the feel of going into a glitzy nightclub for a fast and furious ride.

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Rev The Engine Power

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A team of Defender specialists worked on an old Defender and replaced its original engine with an LS3 V8 under its bonnet. It took the team of specialists — who had decades of experience working on Defenders — several months of planning, design, and engineering. 

They worked on the Corvette engine to make the small-block machine mover into what they wanted for the Defender. The result of this project was a timeless classic Defender with a Corvette engine under it that could rival any off-road vehicle today. 

The project made a lot of waves and headlines in the luxury Defender world. It even started a movement among enthusiasts to swap their engines with the V8. The ECD team, which built the V8 Defender, came up with the blueprint for the seamless installation of V8 engines on Defenders. They made the restoration easier from that point on for other customers. What they achieved sparked renewed interest in manufacturing new Defenders.

The team was also able to secure nationwide service through the engine warranty that they were able to get from GM. Owing to this unprecedented success, they made the LS3 engine the standard for all company custom Defender projects moving forward.

Gear Up For Camping

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Camping with Land Rover Defender

Finally, one of the other great things you can do with your Defender is taking it camping. Since the Defender can go anywhere, it’s the perfect vehicle to gear up for camping and the great outdoors. A vehicle that can climb steep mountain roads, drive through thick forests and shrubs, and cross waterbodies all so effortlessly, the Defender is the most reliable thing to carry your tent. 

This was done in a project that installed a Cascadia Vehicle Tent (CVT) Mt. Shasta Summit proof-tent on a

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By: Joseph Low
Title: 3 Savvy Upgrades To Make Your Car Look Luxurious
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/3-savvy-upgrades-to-make-your-car-look-luxurious.html
Published Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 09:07:54 +0000

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1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS is one of 138 GTS cars built in this model year. The 351ci Cleveland engine remains in stock condition, except for an improved cold-air intake and exhaust system and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An adjustable rear shock tower brace was added as well. It’s finished in Brilliant Silver with a GTS blacked-out hood and engine cover, black leather interior, radio delete and larger custom billet wheels resembling the original design. The designs and materials for performance improvements came from Pantera experts from California, the Midwest and South Florida.

The cooling system has been improved with a radiator, water tubes and flow system design. The air conditioning was moved to the front of the car. The electrical system has improved wiring and ignition. This true GTS is confirmed by the letters “GT” in the VIN. The car has been kept in a climate-controlled collection. Included are several original Pantera parts and original electrical schematic. 16,641 miles (title reads exempt). From the Prestige Collection.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1974-pantera-gts-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 18:02:01 +0000

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Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again

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Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles
Of all the motorcycles that Bimota ever made, the DB3 Mantra is perhaps the most peculiar. As you’d expect from the Italian firm, the DB3 featured a Ducati engine in an aluminum trellis frame and was known for its nimble handling. But its alien-like aesthetic was a little too far out there for most pundits.

As rare as the Bimota DB3 Mantra is, customized examples of it are even rarer. We’ve only ever featured one custom DB3 on these pages—and now, that very same bike is back for another round. It’s just gone under the knife for the second time at Analog—and now looks even better.

Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles

The DB3’s first makeover happened eleven years ago, when Analog’s Tony Prust modified it for his good friend and drummer of the rock band Chevelle, Sam Loeffler. The bike made waves at the inaugural Handbuilt and Mama Tried shows, and starred in an episode of Café Racer TV. More importantly, Sam rode it… a lot.

More recently, Sam brought the bike back to Tony for a couple of mild changes. He wanted a front suspension upgrade, and he wanted to add a front fender (something that was excluded the first time around).

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-bimota-db3
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 16:22:33 +0000

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

Rev up your engine and get ready for the ultimate road trip! These quintessential routes each have their own unique charm ‒ offering rich history, breathtaking vistas or heart-pounding excitement with thrilling twists and turns. Buckle up for what is certain to be an epic journey.

PACIFIC REGION

Top of the World Highway – Alaska
If you find yourself in Alaska with your collector car, steer towards the charming town of Jack Wade, close to the Canadian border. There, you’ll find the start of an impressive drive on the Top of the World Highway along Alaska 5. Don’t forget your passport, as this road leads you east into Canada, where Alaska 5 transforms into the rugged Yukon 9. It winds through Canada’s breathtaking Yukon Territory and culminates at a ferry terminal in West Dawson, on the scenic banks of the Yukon River. Many say it’s one of the most stunning drives on the planet.

Hana Highway, Maui – Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most iconic drives awaits you on the island of Maui. Often referred to as the Road to Hana, the winding Hana Highway gracefully hugs Maui’s northeast coast, where lush green cliffs are adorned with cascading waterfalls that tumble down to beaches with golden, black and red sands. During the 52-mile journey you’ll traverse narrow one-lane bridges and pass by fruit stands offering fresh local produce.

WESTERN REGION

Cascade Loop Scenic Byway – Washington
Spanning 400 miles through some of Washington state’s most breathtaking landscapes, the Cascade Loop promises stunning views and fantastic stops. Along this scenic route, you’ll encounter North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island, the picturesque Stevens Pass, the serene Lake Chelan and the quaint towns of Winthrop and Methow Valley. This drive is packed with incredible vistas, hiking trails and cozy spots to stay, making it perfect for an unforgettable getaway.

Pikes Peak Highway – Colorado
For racing enthusiasts, the $15 toll to access Pikes Peak Highway is a small price to pay to experience one of the most iconic hill-climb racetracks in the world. This thrilling 19-mile road has been the stage for the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, for over a century. Experience the majestic Rockies in a way that few ever will as you scale to the breathtaking 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

While you’re in the area, we highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, located just 50 miles from Denver on Interstate 70. Starting from Pikes Peak, head north on Route 67, and enjoy several picturesque highways before merging onto I-70. Here, you’ll encounter the world’s highest road tunnel, peaking at an impressive 11,158 feet in elevation. Opened to westbound traffic in 1973 and to eastbound traffic in 1979, this engineering marvel spans over 1.5 miles.

Pacific Coast Highway – California
The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is one of the world’s most famous roads. If you’re planning to explore this legendary route, be sure to set aside plenty of time to travel the nearly 700 miles of California State Route 1, as it’s called in northern California. For uninterrupted views and easy pull-off stops to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and ocean vistas, we suggest experiencing this journey from north to south.

Mulholland Drive – California
Mulholland Drive begins in the Hollywood Hills and stretches 21 miles west to Woodland Hills. From “Ford v Ferrari” to “Fast and Furious,” this ultra-famous Southern California road has been featured in countless films and has hosted celebrities like Madonna, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and many more.  The 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” was inspired by this very route. As a top Hollywood tourist destination, Mulholland Drive is often bustling with tour buses, tourists and locals, representing the essence of Hollywood’s allure and excitement.

SOUTHWESTERN REGION  

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The Twisted Sisters – Texas
Northwest of San Antonio and nestled in the captivating Texas Hill Country are three enchanting roads locally dubbed “The Twisted Sisters”. Comprising Texas Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336 and 337, this trio offers a journey of winding curves and scenic vistas. Pass through towns such as Medina, Vanderpool, Prade Rach, Hackberry and Camp Wood before finishing the nearly 100-mile loop in Leakey, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps, © 2024 Google.

The Devil’s Highway – Arizona
About 200 miles east of Phoenix near the town of Clifton lies Route 191, now known as the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/take-a-road-trip-adventure-collector-car-summer-drives/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 15:50:12 +0000

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