In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, production of the Solihull-built Land Rover Defender is to cease in January and to celebrate their 40th anniversary, British firm has honoured the Defender 90 by embellishing five examples with Overfinch’s trademark bespoke luxury.
Overfinch, formally Schüler, began tuning Range Rovers in the mid 1970s. Since then, it’s had a hand in winning the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1981 with Land Rover France, and established itself in London as the premier Land Rover tuner and modifier.
With the end of the Defender nigh, the limited editions look great without compromising on the Defender’s boxy utilitarian appearance; they look mean and work-ready, even with Overfinch unmistakable influence seemingly adorning every surface available; from door handles to fuel cap.
Graham Taylor, Marketing and Product Design Executive at Overfinch (not to be confused with the former England football team manager), told LRO: ‘We have sold three out of five already due to the high demand'.
There are plenty of pleasant touches; a specially numbered plaque and Recaro sports seats with the 40th anniversary crest stitched into the headrest of the Bridge of Weir leather running throughout and, of course, the customary Overfinch tailgate and bonnet lettering.
The 2.2 litre diesel engine has the standard six-speed manual gearbox and sits on 18in diamond turned Apollo alloy wheels with BF Goodrich tyres. But, it’s hard to envisage going anywhere near a muddy greenlane anytime soon, given the almost £70k price tag.
As well as all your other bits like sat-nav, reversing camera and DAB radio, you get LED running lights and chequered plating on the side sills and rear quarters, with an electric tow bar and rear step too.
So if you like the sound of that and you’ve got a spare £70k going, have a look on the Overfinch website.