5…Or 6 Coolest Land Rover 4x4s
We pick our top modified Landies.
Land Rovers: You either "get them" or you don't. Who doesn't love a British-built off-road vehicle, especially one that is an icon of adventure around the world? Started in 1947 by two brothers, Maurice and Spencer Wilks, Land Rover has a storied off-road and luxury-aimed past around the world. We "get" the attraction to rovers, though we don't always know why. Also, if you hate Land Rovers, don't get your knickers in a bunch; check out these well-built lorries.
Still the love for Rovers is there, and there is nothing cooler than an old Rover romping around in the dirt except an old rover that's been modified to do its job even better than when it rolled out of the Rover, Solihull plant near Birmingham, United Kingdom. From big American V-8 swaps to 1-ton axles, huge mud-terrain tires, and more, this is one article to enjoy with your tea and crumpets, while exclaiming: "I say, good sir! You're taking the biscuit, aren't you, with that one!"
1960 Land Rover Series II - O.G. Rover
This 1960 Series II was shot and written up by our very own Christian Hazel. Hazel's eye for noticing subtle changes mirrors Matthew Jackson's (the owner) love of classic Landies. This one has a Chev 350, ahead of an NP435 and a '69 Series IIA with "suffix b" gears, two-speed t-case, and ARB locked rover axles. The tires are just right at 33x12.50r15, and we love the patina'd paint and aluminum sheen. Check more out here: https://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1410-1960-land-rover-series-ii-o-g/
1996 Land Rover Discovery - Rock-Ready Rover
Don't forget the venerable Land Rover Discovery. These SUVs were sold in much larger numbers in the U.S. than the more iconic looking Series and Defenders. And you too might be able to find one used that has some life left in it. Here: https://www.fourwheeler.com/project-vehicles/129-0605-1996-land-rover-discovery/
1997 Land Rover Defender Built to Tackle the Toughest Trails In America
Not everyone has the bollocks necessary to cut up a 1997 Land Rover Defender and turn it into a one of a kind rock crawler, but this bloke, Bill Ritchie did, and we LOVE what he's done with the Defender here: https://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1806-1997-land-rover-defender-built-to-tackle-the-toughest-trails-in-america/
Two-Letter Defender: An LS-Powered Land Rover that goes as good as it looks
Sure, in the late 1990s a few thousand NAS Defenders were sold in the U.S. and Canada, but these rigs are rare and greatly sought-after in today's market, so good luck finding one. These rigs do typify the pinnacle of off-road "Landroverdom" in many experts' eyes, but can you make one better. Yep, you can. Take one and add in an aluminum 5.3 from a Chevy Trailblazer! https://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1606-two-letter-defender-an-ls-powered-land-rover-that-goes-good-as-it-looks/
A 1972 Land Rover with Classic Styling & Modern Drivetrain for Best of Both Worlds
For its charming good looks and functional upgrades, check out this 1972 Land Rover 109 Series 3 shot and written up by our pal and frequent freelance writer Harry "the Wag" Wagner: https://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1811-1972-land-rover-with-classic-styling-and-modern-drivetrain-for-best-of-both-worlds/
The Rovah, that is Derranged!
Yeah, it's a pat on our own backs, but show us another well-built Range Rover that's been on two Ultimate Adventures and can still be driven down the highway at speed. Go ahead, we're waiting. Just kidding, but honestly who doesn't love an obnoxiously yellow Range Rover coated in mud?