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Cool & Vintage has turned this wreck into a work of art

“If you want a Cool & Vintage Land Rover, you best be patient – the Portuguese company’s order books are full for the next 12 months. It’s not surprising, really, given that each car takes around six months to build and only 10 leave its workshops each year. Once disassembly is complete, around 1,000 man-hours are invested into the cars, and it’s up to the customer to decide whether the engine and mechanicals are restored or simply replaced altogether. Every detail is accounted for, from the brakes, suspension, fuel tanks, exhausts, and custom leather interior. It’s not without pride when Cool & Vintage state that its cars are just like they left the factory. And let’s face it – what’s a couple of months when you’ll end up with your own personal Land Rover that’s as timeless as it is unique. “


Cool & Vintage’s new Land Rover Defender is an undercover art car

“When artists such as Alexander Calder and Keith Haring have turned cars into rolling pieces of art, the results were usually as colourful as they were obvious. The Lisbon-based creative workshop Cool & Vintage is continuing the art car tradition with a 1983 Land Rover Defender 110. But instead of using the body as a canvas, Vasco Costa – who’s worked with Cool & Vintage for a long time – decided to paint the chassis. So, if you want to really admire the poppy artwork, you need to take a much closer look and even crawl beneath the Landy’s matte-grey skirt. “


 
 

This is where the Cool & Vintage custom Land Rovers are born

"You’ve likely seen the dreamy road trips featuring special cars, scenery, and company, but here’s a look at the workshop from which Cool & Vintage produce the stars of their viral video and photo sets…

The retro fixtures, sticker-clad toolboxes, and old-school leather chairs were perhaps to be expected in Cool & Vintage’s garage, and the juxtaposition of these features against immaculate Land Rovers undergoing restoration, customisation, and upgrades to the desired adventure-ready specifications makes for great images. Don’t just take our word for it — here are 20 gorgeous images from the most charming of workshops…

 
 

 
 

This Land Rover Defender attracts a special kind of car fan

"The car world is often overly focussed on the material as opposed to the experience of these machines, with the most expensive, rarest models captivating collectors. But, as this video from Lisbon lifestyle merchants Cool & Vintage shows, it’s as much about the company as the car…

Regardless of your particular automotive penchant, the idea of a freshly restored Defender, a stunning island backdrop and your favourite companions is hard to beat. Once again, Cool & Vintage has purpose built a Defender for such adventures with their trademark take on the quintessential adventure wagon.

 
 

 
 

Catch a wave this Christmas with this custom Land Rover Defender

"Most people dream of a white Christmas, but our friends at Cool & Vintage in Portugal are hoping for a festive weather forecast filled with sunshine – and they’ve built the ideal beach shuttle for just that…

 
 

 
 

The ‘Dandy Defender’ is too cool for this planet...

"Millions of owners trust their Land Rover Defenders to truly ‘go anywhere’ – but this rejuvenated example, brought back to life by Cool & Vintage, is simply too cool to make do with roaming the rugged terrain of Planet Earth…

 
 

 
 

This is what happens when café racers grow another set of wheels...

"If you’re anything like us, you’re clinging onto the dying embers of summer, making any excuse possible to get out and enjoy the last of the warm weather. You won’t be surprised to learn that, much like a loyal friend, a Land Rover can provide a helping hand, as this fun-filled set demonstrates..."

 
 

How are you spending the summer?

"Life is going rather well for Ricardo Silva from Cool & Vintage in Lisbon. Shortly after the restoration of his Land Rover Series 3 was completed, the café racer of his dreams was delivered. A photo shoot in the Portuguese sunshine was inevitable…"

 
 

 
 

It’s impossible not to smile with a fleet like this

"How does a woman of the world fill an October Sunday? It’s simple – she lets down her hair, loads her custom motorcycle in the back of her Land Rover pick-up, and enjoys a convivial day at the beach…"

 
 

 
 

Not all Land Rovers have to be green, you know...

"You might be surprised to hear that not all Land Rovers are dark green and trudging through muddy forests in dark and dankest England – as our friends at Cool & Vintage are keen to demonstrate…"

 
 

 
 

One last summer with the Land Rover Defender

"It was more than just a fling with the Land Rover Defender, but sadly it’s time to say farewell. Well, not before one last summer…

This summer photo series comes from our friends at Cool & Vintage in Portugal, once again reminding us that there’s no better beach companion than a soft-top Land Rover Defender. The young lady behind the wheel seems melancholic, perhaps because of the Defender’s imminent demise? There’s no reason to mope, though – there are dozens of classic Defenders for sale in the Classic Driver Market…"

 
 

 
 

Dare to explore with this Land Rover Series 3

"Planning a weekend excursion far away from the oppressing commotion of the city? Then seize the chance to be adventurous – there’s almost nowhere a classic Land Rover won’t go…"