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
"A SHORT HISTORY OF THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER
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."