In 2017 Nene Overland of England converted a rare 1986 Tithonous military Defender 110 to a recreational vehicle for a client and shipped it to Nantucket, MA.
Nene, did a full restoration of the frame, new scratch resistant matte white paint job for the beach, installed all new desert camel canvas Mellville and Moon Seating throughout and a new canvas top, also included in that initial restoration was installation of USB’s throughout the entire truck, Sony sound system with hands free (with separate switch to power sound on beach), new wood grain steering wheel, a built in air compressor in the side compartment with hose to fill your tires on the beach or beach toys, another compartment to store beverages, a smittybilt XO winch with remote, new battery (with a self jumping backup battery), all new roll cage frame, new rear foldable benches and seat belts to seat 8 in the rear and a slew of other aesthetic upgrades.
I saw the vehicle on the beach in Nantucket in 2018 and purchased it from the client in September of 2018. I sent it to J. Whites of Framingham, MA for a full mechanical overhaul. I replaced the 4 cylinder diesel manual engine with a brand new 2019 Land Rover 4.6 Liter V8 and a new ZF 4 speed automatic transmission and new radiator and waxoyled the frame. Upgraded the brakes and brake pump, replaced rotors and upgraded the shocks and suspension, installed new LED head and tail lamps, a beach hitch to bring gear and not take up any space in the cab, and a number of other upgrades.
The truck is possibly the most stunning example of this vintage Defender. It now drives amazing with quick pickup and can drive on beaches with ease. When using the hitch you can load her up and bring 10 people with you. I kept it right hand drive because i find it helps with parallel parking and close quarters such as the narrow old streets in Nantucket. It was a fun project and I am onto the next. You will not see another example quite as unique and good looking as this one for sale.
Mileage listed is the original frame mileage but new mileage on new engine is less than 3,000.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
See listing: 1986 Land Rover Defender 110 Fully Restored (from August 25, 2020)