Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a brand new Land Rover Defender from overseas?

Unfortunately, no. In order to legally import a Defender into the U.S., it must be at least 25 years old, according to U.S. Law. There are a lot of competitors who try and cheat this system putting their clients at serious risk of losing their investment.

Why are Defenders so expensive?

It’s basic supply and demand. With so few produced for the U.S. Market and the Defender being the coolest car on the planet, people pay a lot of money for them. Now some companies charge over $100K for them. We try to keep our Defenders accessible to everyone, with options far below competitors pricing.

What is included in a standard build from Classic Overland?

Base Vehicle

  • Defender 110 V8 Station Wagon ~ 1993 or older

Drive Train

  • Standard 3.5 V8 Carburettor Engine, totally overhauled. All wearable parts replaced with brand new. – Reconditioned / New
  • Gearbox ~ Refurbished (standard, typically LT85 or whatever is fitted to the truck) – Reconditioned
  • Front Differential ~ Strip and Recondition – Reconditioned
  • Front Axle (Differential) casing – Refurbished
  • Rear Axle (Differential) casing – Refurbished
  • Wheel Bearings & Seals – New
  • Drive Shaft Universals – Reconditioned
  • Rear Differential ~ Standard (Salisbury) – Reconditioned
  • Prop shafts – Reconditioned
  • Prop shafts CVs – New
  • Front CV joints – Reconditioned
  • Front swivel assemblies – Reconditioned
  • Stub axles – Reconditioned
  • Hubs ~ Reconditioned Standard (plastic caps) – New

Clutch

  • Master Cylinder – New
  • Clutch Plate – New
  • Pressure Plate – New

Fuel & Air

  • Fuel Tank – New
  • Fuel lines (pipes) – New
  • SU Carburetor (sometimes fitted with more modern carburetor) – Reconditioned
  • Air Cleaner – Reconditioned
  • Air Filter Pipes – New
  • Breather & Vacuum Pipes, Air Filter Pipes – New
  • Fuel Cap – New

Power Steering

  • Steering Pump – New
  • Power Steering Box – New
  • All Pipes – New
  • Ball Joints & Rubber Seals – New

Cooling

  • Radiator – New
  • Water Pump – New
  • Pipes – New
  • Thermostat – New
  • Temperature Sensor – New
  • Temperature Gauge – New if needed

Chassis & Suspension

  • Total strip down. Cleaned with wire brushes to remove any rust. Redone in black. – Reconditioned
  • Rubber Mounts and Bushes – New
  • Standard Front Coil Springs – New
  • Standard Rear Coil Springs – New
  • Front and rear coil spring seats – Refurbished (s)
  • Front coil spring retaining plates – Refurbished (s)
  • Front shock turret securing rings – Refurbished (s)
  • Front shock turrets – Refurbished (s)
  • Fulcrum bracket and ball joint assembly – New
  • Rear anti-sway bar – Refurbished (s)
  • Shock Absorbers (Standard) – New
  • Steering Damper – New
  • Steering rods – Refurbished (s)

Brakes

  • Master Cylinder & Servo Assembly – New
  • Brake Pipes – New
  • Brake Couplings – New
  • Cylinders on Rear Drums – New
  • Rear Drums – New
  • Front Callipers – Refurbished
  • Disks (Font ) – New
  • Disk Pads (Front and Rear) – New
  • Front and Rear brake shield – New

Air Conditioning & Heating

  • Heater Box ~ Refurbish – New
  • Heater Matrix – New
  • Heater Vents ~ Refurbish – New
  • Vent Controls (on dash) ~ Check and replace if needed – Reconditioned
  • Vent Control Cables – New
  • AC Receiver Dryer – NewAC Pipes – New
  • AC Condenser ~ Strip, Clean and Tested if Needed – Reconditioned
  • AC Condenser Fans ~ Check and replace if needed – New
  • AC Evaporator & Blower – New
  • Dash Vents – New
  • AC Compressor – Reconditioned

Electrical

  • Park Brake Switch – New
  • Park Brake Light (on dash) – Reconditioned
  • Indicator, dim/bright & horn switch – New
  • Indicator Light on Dash – Reconditioned
  • Horn – New
  • Headlight switch on steering column – New
  • Brights Light on Dash – Reconditioned
  • Wiper switch on steering column (washer) – New
  • Wiper Motor & Mechanism – Reconditioned
  • 4×4 Engage Switch – New
  • 4×4 Engage Light on Dash – Reconditioned
  • Hazard Switch – New
  • Alternator – New
  • Battery – New
  • Battery Charge Light on Dash – Reconditioned
  • Fuel Gauge Sensor – New
  • Fuel Gauge – Reconditioned
  • Speedometer Cable – New

Lights

  • Headlights – New
  • LED Park Lights clear or color lens – New
  • LED Indicator Lights clear or color lens – New
  • LED Stop & Rear Lights clear or color lens – New
  • LED Reverse (backup) Light – New
  • LED Roof Lights (Interior x 4) – New
  • Dash Backlighting – Reconditioned

Glass, Mirrors & Rubbers

  • Windscreen (Windshield) – New
  • Standard Rear Window – Reconditioned
  • Window Glass – New
  • Wipers Arms & Blades – New
  • Door Rubbers – New
  • Window Rubbers and Seals – New
  • Rear Sliding Windows – Refurbished

Interior

  • Standard Defender doors with manual window winds, no central locking or remote locking. – Refurbished
  • Door Locks Mechanism
  • Door Lock Button Inside (3 Part Kit) – New
  • Door Handles Outside – New
  • Window Winder Mechanisms – Refurbished
  • Door Cards – Refurbished
  • Dash Top ~ Synthetic Leather Black – New
  • Dash Bottom ~ Synthetic Leather Black – New
  • Seats Upholstery ~ Ripstop Canvas – New
  • Cubby Box (between front seats) Synthetic Leather Black – New
  • Safety Belts – New
  • Roof Lining Cover – New
  • Handles, Levers & Knobs – Refurbished
  • Black Hard Wearing Carpets – New
  • Loose carpets in floor wells – New
  • Steering Wheel ~ Standard – Refurbished
  • Standard sound and thermal material – New

Seating

  • Standard Defender Front Seats – Refurbished
  • Seat Risers ~ Front Seats mounted further back and allows for more backwards movement. – New
  • 2nd Row Seats configuration ~ Standard 60/40 Bench – Refurbished
  • 3rd Row Seat configuration ~ Standard Side Facing Benches – Refurbished

Exterior

  • All body panels ~ Prepare and respray – Color of Choice – Refurbished
  • Standard Defender Hood – Refurbished
  • Wheel Arches (Eyebrows) ~ Color of Choice – New
  • Rivets ~ All removed before spray preparing. Replaced afterwards – New
  • Door, Hood & Windscreen Hinges ~ Color of choice with stainless steel nuts – Refurbished
  • Stainless Steel bolts and nuts (hinges) – New
  • Standard Defender Fenders – Refurbished
  • Standard Defender Sills – Refurbished
  • Fold Down Steps – Refurbished
  • All engine mounts and brackets ~ Satin Black powder coated – Refurbished (s)
  • Mounts & brackets in engine compartment (>2mm) ~ Satin Black powder coated – Refurbished (s)
  • Mounts & brackets in engine compartment (<2mm) ~ Electroplated – Refurbished (e)
  • Front Bumper ~ Standard Defender ~ Powder coated – Refurbished (s)
  • Rear Corner Bumperettes ~ Satin Black powder coated – New
  • Lettering & Decals (Hood, grille, rear) – New

Grille

  • Grille ~ Standard Defender (Black or color coded) – New
  • Light surrounds ~ Standard Defender (Black or color coded) – New
  • Air Intakes ~ Standard Defender – New

Sound & Navigation

  • Standard Bluetooth Radio (Single DIN) – New
  • 4 Speakers – 2 in Dash & 2 in Rear. – New

Wheels

  • Standard Defender Steel Rims – Refurbished
  • Tires 235/85 16 – New
  • Fitting, Balancing & Alignment – New

What are the main issues with Defenders?

The typical complaints from Defender owners usually have to do with Rust and Erosion. Fortunately, unlike our our competitors who buy their vehicles from the rain soaked UK, Classic Overland vehicles come from southern Africa which is arid with low humidity. Furthermore, as a company policy we do not buy vehicles with a lot of rust, but if there are minor signs of corrosion we repair it with new metal.

Are parts available?

Yes. With around 2 million Defenders produced and 70 percent still on the road, parts are still readily available. Most local mechanics find these vehicles easy to work on and when you need help with a part just contact us and we will help you get it.

Do you offer a warranty on the vehicles you sale?

Classic Overland does not offer a general warranty on the vehicles we sell. However, we work very hard at restoring these timeless classics and getting them in excellent working order both aesthetically and mechanically.

A 2 year GM Factory Warranty is included with our LS3 Engine Upgrade.