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Land Rover stage 1 V8 - A rescued fire truck gets a second life

“The bright orange Land Rover Stage 1 V8 you see here was rescued from junkyard status by Ricardo and the team at Cool N’ Vintage, a Portuguese garage that’s become famous for saving and restoring Land Rovers to better-than-new condition.

The Land Rover Stage 1 V8 is a prized favorite among the Land Rover cognoscenti, it represents a turning point for the beloved British 4×4 marque in the shape of a £200 million government investment in the late 1970s to develop new products that were more modern and more desirable.

Part of that £200 million generously sent to Solihull by Thatcher was spent taking the Land Rover Series 3 and dropped the Rover V8 from the Range Rover into it – creating a vehicle with far more power than the brakes or suspension should ever have had to deal with, but people loved it.”

Jet black custom Land Rover Defender

“Cool n’ Vintage is based in Portugal, they’ve made a name for themselves in recent years for buying all manner of iconic vehicles and then restoring them in their own unique way. Rather than going for a concours restoration, the team behind the garage door at CnV typically aim for what could be described as a restomod – they keep the spirit of the vehicle, but add a little luxury, reliability, and usability.

The Land Rover Defender you see here started out as a stock 2010 model, but it didn’t stay that way for long after it was acquired by Cool n’ Vintage.

After a full teardown and inspection of parts they decided to create the blackest vehicle they’d ever built. They selected the deepest black paint they could find and decided to pair it with a rich cognac leather interior (seats, dashboard, door trims, steering wheel), raw galvanized cappings and external trim, and Raffia carpets.”


Land Rover Defender TD5


The Land Rover Defender first appeared in 1983, as the Land Rover One Ten, followed a year later by the Land Rover Ninety. The Defender badge didn’t make its first appearance in 1991 to differentiate the more classically styled Land Rover from the relatively new Discovery model.

The Defender is what most people think of when you mention the name Land Rover, the model can trace its DNA right back to the first Land Rover made in 1948, and even though it’s now left the production line it’s more in demand than ever.

The core construction of the Defender follows closely in the footsteps of the Series Land Rovers that came before it. It sits on a steel box section chassis with a steel bulkhead and aluminium body panels. There are live axles front and rear sitting on coil springs (as opposed to the leaf springs used on Series vehicles), a removable roof, removable door tops, and a fold down windscreen."



Land Rover Series III LWB

"The Land Rover first appeared in the years just after WWII, resources were strictly rationed in the United Kingdom and practicality was cherished above all else. The initial concept was to take the best elements of a tractor and blend them with the best elements of the Jeep – creating a vehicle that could be used on the farm all week, then hosed off and used to drive the wife into town for church on Sunday morning.


Today, collector interest in Land Rovers is surging. Restored examples that retain their original engine and drivetrain are by far the most valuable – as many underwent engine swaps over the years to increase power. The nut-and-bolt restoration on the Land Rover you see here has been extensive, it was fully disassembled and each part was brought back to better than original condition – or as is the case with the leaf springs, swapped out for higher performing modern units."



Land Rover Defender 90 heritage

"The Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage was a special edition series based on the iconic 4×4 platform that started in 1998. Land Rover occasionally created special Defenders to mark special occasions or as a hat tip to their history, and the Heritage edition was bookended by the Defender 50th, and the Tomb Raider Defender of 2000.

The Heritage Defender featured body-coloured alloy wheels and wing mirrors, a unique front grill, and silver-painted door and windscreen hinges. The styling was designed to be closer to the original Land Rovers from 1948, and they’ve since been very popular with collectors and enthusiasts."



Land Rover Series IIA

"Many Land Rover historians consider the Series IIA to be the best of the Series models, it exists in a Goldilocks zone between refinement and simplicity – before the crack-prone plastic dashboards of the Series III but after some engine and transmission improvements over the Series II.

Land Rover used the Series IIA as a transitional model between the Series II and the Series III, the lights were moved from the grill to the front wings in 1969, a new diesel engine was offered (closely based on the 2.25 litre petrol engine), and in 1967 a 2.6 litre inline 6 cylinder petrol engine was introduced (for the LWB models)."



Land Rover Series III Adventure Rig

"The Land Rover is easily one of the most important and iconic vehicles of the 20th century. It’s believed that the first vehicle seen by approximately 60% of the people living in developing nations was a Land Rover of some description, usually covered with mud and being driven by pipe-smoking moustachioed men in pith helmets.

The story behind the invention of Britain’s greatest 4×4 is legendary – Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, had a surplus Jeep that he used with much success on his farm in Anglesey."



Land Rover Series III

"It’s said that almost three quarters of all the Land Rovers ever built are still operational, and anyone who’s ever spent time with one will know why – they’re essentially four-wheel drive Meccano sets, and their aluminium bodies don’t rust. Although to be fair, the same can’t be said for their bulkheads or chassis.

The Series 3 Land Rover was the final iteration of the original Series 1 model released in 1948, it was also the most highly evolved of the Series model family, as well as the most mass produced – meaning that spare parts are typically easy to come by."



Land Rover Series III

"The Series III Land Rover was the last to wear the “Series” designation, and many view it as the last of the original Land Rovers.

Ever since the first Series I had rolled off the production line in 1948, Land Rover had been constantly updating the design to improve its capability off road, and its reliability. The Series I was built between 1948 and 1958, it was then replaced with the significantly updated Series II which was built between 1958 and 1961, before being replaced with the more refined Series IIA."