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Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into a classic model or enhance the capabilities and aesthetics of a newer version, our expert team is here to guide you. From understanding the restoration process to selecting the right customizations and learning about the best maintenance practices, we’re committed to helping you make informed decisions to ensure your Land Rover Defender not only looks great but runs flawlessly too.

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions about restoring and maintaining your Land Rover Defender with TATC and get one step closer to reviving the true spirit of your vehicle.


At TATC, we pride ourselves on our continuous dedication to our roots, no matter how far we have come. With Facilities in stunning Vermont, US the UK and South Africa we are proud to be able to offer a truly International offering to our client base.

We actively encourage our North American Clients to visit our Partner Facilities in Vermont or one of our many happy Clients across the USA and Canada. We are also proud to welcome Clients to our Factory in the UK, the birthplace of the original Land Rover Defender.

As a guide we ask for a Deposit to secure your dream Defender followed by Phased Payments at agreed points whilst your vehicle is being prepared.

For our restoration services, take a look through our brochure where you will find everything you need to know about our restoration prices including Defender 90’s from $118,000, Defender 110’s from $128,000 and Defender 130’s from $145,000.

For immediately available Defenders, please visit our online Inventory where you can browse the current vehicles we have available for purchase, as well as their price points. To discuss our payment terms in further detail, please enquire via our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

TATC is pleased to offer a comprehensive Warranty on all of our Custom Restored Restorations. This warranty is valid for three months, commencing on the date on which the client takes handover of the vehicle. Clients can opt to enhance or increase their Warranty at additional cost up to a maximum period of 2 Years for that extra piece of mind.

TATC also provides a Warranty for our Pre-Owned Vehicles and this is agreed on a case-by-case basis. Clients can opt to enhance their level of Cover and this will be agreed with your Sales Contact in advance of the Vehicle being delivered.

Here at TATC we take great pride in supporting all of our Clients with their Defenders and our sole aim is to ensure and support an enjoyable and reliable experience in these classics.

Yes, we have many Customers within CA who are driving their Defenders on a daily basis! Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need to consider and the steps you may need to take.

Ensuring CARB compliance is necessary for vehicles to be legally registered and operated in California. By adhering to CARB’s strict emissions standards, vehicles are modified to significantly decrease harmful pollutants that can harm the environment and public health. Following these regulations is crucial for promoting improved air quality and reducing emissions in states that have adopted CARB guidelines. TATC have close links to Companies able to assist with the CARB process so whilst detailed, the process is actually very straightforward.

After your Defender has passed through the Californian CARB Process and has passed inspection, you can proceed with the title and registration process. You’ll need to provide the necessary paperwork, including proof of ownership, importation documents, and any inspection certificates. TATC will ensure you are provided with the Original Certificate of Registration, the Final Invoice of Purchase, the Customs clearance documents (issued by customs broker), the Service interval document and electronic Workshop Manual.

You’ll also need to pay the appropriate fees for registration and taxes.

Don’t forget; before you can legally drive the vehicle on California roads, you’ll need to obtain insurance coverage for it. Make sure to shop around and find an insurance provider that offers coverage for imported or specialty vehicles. TATC has many happy clients driving their Defenders within California and the process for TATC Defenders has always proven to be very straightforward.

Investing in a restored Land Rover Defender can be an appealing prospect for car enthusiasts, collectors, or those looking for a unique vehicle with a robust history. Whether it’s a good investment depends on several factors, including the quality of the restoration, the model’s rarity, and market trends.

The value of a restored Defender significantly hinges on the quality of the restoration work. TATC prides itself on the level of detail achieved in each and every one of our Restorations. We believe our Vehicles to be the very best of their type within the marketplace today. A restoration by TATC is undoubtedly a safer investment than one carried our by a different Restorer who might lack precision and the technical know-how or they may use non-original parts.

Not only that, but certain models of the Defender, especially limited editions or those produced in small quantities, are more likely to appreciate in value. For instance, early models like the Series I, II, and IIA or special editions like the Defender Works V8, which marked the 70th anniversary, are particularly sought after.

The classic car market can be volatile, with trends heavily influenced by consumer interests, economic conditions, and even pop culture. However, classic off-road vehicles like the Defender have seen a steady rise in popularity, driven by a growing interest in both vintage aesthetics and practical, durable vehicles.

Investing in a classic car like a restored Defender often transcends financial considerations. The enjoyment of owning, driving, and possibly even further restoring such a vehicle can add intangible value. For many, the community and lifestyle associated with classic Land Rover ownership are equally important.

Selecting Your Defender

Land Rover has offered a vast range of engine choices for the Defender over the years, each with its own set of characteristics and capabilities. The engine you select can significantly impact your driving experience, so it’s essential to make an informed decision.

For daily driving and for off-road enthusiasts who plan on tackling challenging terrain, the 300TDI engine, introduced in 1994, is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that offers superior reliability and longevity being wildly regarded as one of Land Rover’s best ever engines.

If you anticipate frequently towing trailers or caravans, opting for the sort-after TD5 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo diesel engine, introduced in 1998, is advisable. Its offering of excellent low-end torque makes it well-suited for off-road adventures and for towing.

If your preference is for a Gasoline derivative the original Rover V8 petrol 3.5-liter will fit the bill ensuring both originality and performance from one of the most long-lived Engines in Motoring History.

Yes. Land Rover Defenders are produced in both automatic and manual transmission models, catering to a diverse range of driving preferences and needs. While specific production numbers fluctuate over its production years, the trend has been leaning towards automatic transmissions; especially in recent years, reflecting broader automotive industry shifts.

Manual transmissions, however, continue to be popular among enthusiasts and in markets that favor the control and engagement they offer. Land Rover strategically balanced the production of both types to satisfy various customer segments, ensuring that both automatic and manual transmission Defenders are sufficiently available in markets where they have the highest demand.

Take a look at our online inventory to explore the large range of Defender’s we have available, you’re sure to find plenty of automatics.

Of course. With professional restoration by TATC, your Defender will be more comfortable to drive and navigate wherever you are, whether you’re based in the city or off-roading in the country. Interior modifications such as upgraded A/C, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB and power sockets, upgraded seats and more can make it a pleasure for both driver and passengers.

Newly remanufactured engines and transmissions, upgraded suspension, brakes and axles, can also make your Defender more reliable and comfortable as a daily driver.

We have many Clients who use their Defender as Daily-Drivers within Town or Country and these classics really do make the perfect partner. Few vehicles are as fun to drive as a Defender and you’ll have the bonus of knowing it’ll take you wherever you need to go.

Discover more about what old Land Rover Defenders are really like to drive here.

The 90, 110, and 130 Defender models represent different variants within the iconic Land Rover Defender lineup. The primary distinction lies in their wheelbase lengths, which directly impact their functionality and capacity.

The Defender 90 is the compact option, featuring a shorter wheelbase of 93-inches that enhances agility and manoeuvrability, ideal for urban environments and off-road adventures alike. Its smaller size makes it easier to navigate through tight spaces and narrow trails.

On the other hand, the Defender 110 offers a more balanced approach, with a longer wheelbase of 100-inches providing increased interior space and versatility. This makes it well-suited for families or individuals requiring ample cargo room without sacrificing off-road capability.

Finally, the Defender 130 stands out as the largest variant, boasting an extended wheelbase of 127-inches to accommodate passengers and a significant level of cargo. This model excels in applications demanding maximum capacity, whether for commercial use, overland expeditions, or group outings. While all three models share the legendary Defender DNA, their unique configurations cater to diverse lifestyles and requirements, ensuring there’s a Defender for every adventure.


When it comes to maintaining a Defender, regular servicing is crucial to ensure its longevity[A1]  and optimal performance. Typically, it is recommended to have your classic Defender serviced at least once a year or every 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, the frequency can vary depending on the age of the vehicle and how it is used.

As Defenders are at their heart very simple vehicles a lot of owners choose to carry out their regular checks and Servicing work themselves and this can often be a part of the fun of Defender ownership.

For Defenders that frequently tackle off-road conditions or are used in harsh environments, more frequent checks may be necessary. Staying proactive with maintenance not only helps in keeping the vehicle reliable but also preserves its value over time.

Servicing your Land Rover Defender is crucial to maintaining its robust performance and longevity. Fortunately, finding a place to get your Defender serviced is relatively straightforward. Most major cities and towns have authorized Land Rover dealerships and service centers equipped to handle everything from routine maintenance to more complex repairs. Additionally, there are numerous independent garages and specialists who are experienced with the Defender model, often offering a more personalized service at competitive prices.

When it comes to sourcing parts, the Defender benefits from a well-established supply chain. Genuine parts are readily available through Land Rover dealerships, ensuring compatibility and quality. Moreover, the popularity of the Defender has spurred a vibrant market for aftermarket parts, which provides owners with a variety of options to meet different needs and budgets, but remember, in order for your TATC restored Defender to hold its value, we always recommend seeking genuine parts.