This beauty came into the world 27 years ago as a 1990 Defender 110 3.5 V8. Somewhere in its elaborate life, it sat forgotten somewhere in KwaZulu-Natal, where it did duty as a chicken coop. It was bought as a non-runner for R35 000 and saved from its grave by a low-bed truck.

That’s how it ended in the hands of Dewald, a man who devotes his life to restoring Landys. He was tasked with bringing it back to its former glory. Apart from needing a serious repaint, Dewald started from the bottom, rebuilding and replacing as much as the budget allowed.

The suspension was a bit long in the tooth, so that was the first to be replaced with LAS coils and Profender long-travel shocks. Of course, she needed new shoes, so Cooper STT Pro – 285/75R16 tyres were fitted on Defender Sawtooth 16-inch wheels and 30mm spacers. The Landy now started getting some houding and it was time for all the nice stuff:

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Exterior:

Replacement custom bumper
Custom 6mm stainless steel bash plate
1 x 50cm Cree LED light bar
4 x Cree 25W LED spotlights
Eezi-Awn K9 Expedition Rack with rear ladder Spade and axe cradle with Hi-Lift jack cradle Double jerry can holder

Interior:

Discovery electric front seats
Rear Puma seats moved back 15cm for that extra space
Custom centre console with 12V digital voltmeter, USB twin charger and 12V
Hella socket
National Luna dual battery system with extra Brad Harris and Hella sockets

Twelve months later and the Landy can proudly take its place among the best of the rest. Dewald says this is just the beginning as he still needs to replace the doors with Puma doors, add a winch, manufacture a drawer system and add gull-wing windows. He also wants to make a custom aluminium dash.