We give our customers extraordinary adventures. We employ the most experienced guides and some of the coolest, most capable vehicles around – Heritage Driven’s custom-built Defender 110s are amazing.
Craig Pattee, EpicQuest CEO
We are Heritage Driven
The Land Rover Defender 110 is one of the world’s greatest and most reliable expedition vehicles; an iconic safari vehicle, a trusted UN and foreign aid truck and a military and special operations vehicle. Under even the most extreme conditions, the Defender 110 takes a beating and gets the job done.
Heritage Driven builds on that tradition exclusively for the American market. We start with an original Defender 110, legally imported to our facility in the US, and strip it down the chassis. Every bolt, panel and piece is replaced, refurbished, refined and upgraded to our customers’ specifications. The result is a classic vehicle – reborn and rebuilt for the 21st century.
We offer three unique vehicle packages and a wide range of optional equipment to help you create the Land Rover Defender you’ve always wanted.
The Classic is our base package but doesn’t skimp on the details. At Heritage Driven, we start with an original Land Rover Defender 110 and strip it down to the chassis.
Classics undergo a soup to nuts rebuild process – upgrading an original 110 with a custom reengineered Land Rover engine and 5 speed transmission, upgraded brakes and new interior.
The Classic comes with right hand drive, traditional low back rear seats and vintage-style body panels. It’s a high-end truck with all the traditional features of the original 110 you know and love. A classic vehicle that drives like new.
Our left hand drive Defender America is upgraded with the kind of modern conveniences you’d expect in a 21st century ride. Four-wheel high performance disc brakes, galvanized steel chassis, bespoke seating, air conditioning, electric windows, sound deadening throughout and high fidelity audio and navigation. The America can also come with a variety of modern engine packages, automatic transmission and North American Specification components. Make no mistake, this is still a bulletproof truck, just a bit more comfy.
Our Overland model is outfitted with everything you need for the ultimate adventure. This is a fully custom vehicle outfitted with features such as a dual electrical system, dual fuel tanks, snorkel, winch, roof rack and undercarriage armor, upgraded suspension, engine and more. Through mountains, across rivers, or over the desert – the Overland will get you there and back.
Build Your Own
Every Heritage Driven vehicle is an original; built to each customer’s exact specifications. We can start with any of our base packages and customize with optional equipment. Or, we’ll start with just the chassis and build to your specs one piece at a time.
Our frame up restoration of the Land Rover Defender is a painstaking process that leaves no part untouched. It’s obsessive. It’s compulsive. But the end result is worthy of the automotive icon.
Search & Arrival
All Heritage Driven base vehicles are legally imported to our facility in the U.S. To import these special vehicles, each must meet both our specific standards and very stringent requirements established by the U.S. Government. That’s why we are constantly on the lookout for legal importable trucks and maintain between five and 10 vehicles in our shop at any time. All of our vehicles are imported in their original condition and all work is done in the U.S. Our customers never have to worry about the headache of importing, shipping, customs, taxes and registration in the U.S. as we have these trucks in our shop long before our customers even place their orders.
When it comes to customizing a Heritage Driven vehicle, the options are endless. We offer three standard packages: Classic, America and Overland. But that’s just the beginning. From changes to the drive train and extreme suspension to highly customized interiors and paint colors, if you can think of it, we’ll make it a reality.
Finishing & Delivery
While quality control is maintained throughout the build process, we run every Defender through a comprehensive inspection and road test before delivery to ensure that every feature and function is meets our rigorous standards.
We can’t possibly cover every question you might have, but we’ve given it a go. If you still have a burning question, please let us know.
From 1983 – 1990, Land Rover produced a variety of vehicles that are now called Defender. The vehicle was subsequently renamed the Defender 110 and produced until January 2016 when Land Rover stopped production. The number “110” refers to the width of the wheelbase in inches. The Land Rover Defender 110 was imported into the United States for only a single year (1993) with a limited production of 500 vehicles.
Heritage Driven exclusively specializes in refurbishing original Defender 110s that have been legally imported into the United States.
Sure. All Defenders that are legally imported into the U.S. must meet strict EPA and DOT requirements and must be a minimum of 25 years old. In addition, all vehicles must have original and matching VIN numbers throughout. U.S. Customs is very strict about modifications done to these vehicles prior to importation so be careful. If your vehicle does not meet these and many additional standards, you are taking a huge risk.
Heritage Driven sources the majority of its vehicles from the UK and Europe and some from South Africa. US import rules make it very difficult to import the Defender and U.S. Customs has been very strict on vehicles that are allowed into the United States. All Heritage Driven vehicles are legally imported and compliant with all U.S. Customs rules and regulations. They are also legally registered in the United States prior to restoration.
No. We do not work on private vehicles. On occasion we do consider unique project vehicles but as a general rule, we only work on vehicles we have sourced ourselves. Because of importation challenges, we prefer to only work on vehicles that we know have been legally imported into the U.S.
Each Defender 110 undergoes a full “frame off” restoration. The vehicle is disassembled down to the chassis and rebuilt from the ground up. The engine and transmission are fully rebuilt and reengineered – often to better than new condition. Interiors are fully revamped with soundproofing (which was not available on the original vehicles), new OEM seating and interiors, upgraded electronics, brake systems, suspensions and lighting and fully restored or new OEM body panels. Each build is unique and there are a wide variety of upgrades and additions that are available depending on the customer’s request.
Vehicle prices vary. Heritage Driven produces three standard Defender 110 vehicles; the Classic, the America and the Overland and each has unique components and upgrades. Prices can vary from $85,000 for a basic right-hand drive Defender Classic to well over $200,000 for a fully loaded Defender Overland complete with dual electrics and fuel tanks. Contact us and we can discuss your specific build.
Heritage Driven maintains a 10,000 square foot restoration facility including fabrication, electrical, paint and trim shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All work is conducted on the premises.
Depending on the customer specifications, a full frame-up rebuild of a Land Rover Defender 100 usually takes between 4 and 6 months to complete.
No. Heritage Driven only provides parts and repairs to customers who have purchased vehicles from us.