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Land Rover Defender reborn thanks to Land Serwis

The old Land Rover Defender gets a new lease of life from Polish tuner, which builds new and improved models from scratch

It looked like the iconic Land Rover Defender was dead, but thanks to specialist tuner Land Serwis, it’s possible to order an all-new build of the classic 4x4.

The Polish firm is able to build new Defenders from scratch, as it has the tooling to build each component to the original specification. Some parts are even improved; the frame, for example, is stronger and thicker than the original, say Land Serwis, and the galvanized chassis is described as being ‘virtually eternal’.

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While Land Serwis can keep its Defenders faithful to the originals, customers can also build their car to bespoke specifications. Land Serwis suggests that this could include extra chassis bracing, additional metalwork to accommodate a mechanical winch or lift or even relocated mounting points for a new engine.

The first complete Land Serwis model is based on a crew cab and powered by the same Ford-derived ‘Puma’ 2.4-litre diesel engine found in later models. Reinforced 16-inch wheels and Goodyear Wrangler off-road tyres are suspended from custom SuperGaz suspension, which lifts the ride height by two inches.

Inspired by the Defender Heritage models, the show car is finished in Grasmere Green paint with a contrasting white roof. Inside, the seats are trimmed in brown leather, and below new headlining and carpets are liberal quantities of Dynamat soundproofing, which is said to reduce the noise and resonance transferred into the cabin of typical Defenders.

Each Land Serwis model will come with a three-year/100,000km (roughly 62,000-mile) warranty. As well as the double cab pickup body, 90, 110, and 130 wheelbase models are offered, with prices starting from 59,900 euros - that’s just under £52,000.

Let us know what you think of Land Serwis' take on the Land Rover Defender in the comments below...

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Alex joined Auto Express as staff writer in early 2018, helping out with news, drives, features, and the occasional sports report. His current role of Chief reviewer sees him head up our road test team, which gives readers the full lowdown on our comparison tests.

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