What's the story?
Guillaume Yvon, a Land Rover fanatic from Lyon, who’s driven every Land Rover known to man still can’t find the perfect model for what he plans to do. So, with the help of a mate, he radically modifies a V8 Defender 110 to create his dream machine.
This 110 may have started life as a 1991 3.5-litre Defender, but so much time (two years) effort and skill has gone into the project that the only untouched parts are the bonnet and radiator grille.
The finished result is a Bobtailed Defender 110 soft-top V8 with trick suspension, perfectly tuned V8 engine and all the hardware it needs to survive week warrior duties in France.
Our favourite bit?
A full Gwyn Lewis kit provides impressive axle articulation, with +5.5in Old Man Emu springs and nitrogen dampers, dislocating cones, galvanised raised turrets and rear spring relocators. A set of castor-corrected and reinforced trailing arms help the rear end cross-axle at will on obstacles, but it's also surprisingly comfy on fast tracks and tarmac.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jérome André?
He likes it. He’s rightly proud of it, and the fun he had building it with his friends is clear to see.
Model: 1991 Defender 110
Engine: 3.9 V8
Torque: 235lb ft
Gearbox: 4HP24 auto
Transfer box: LT230
Axles: Strengthened Range Rover
Differentials: ARB Air Locker front, modified rear
Brakes: Vented discs
Wheels: 8x15in modular steel
Tyres: 37x12.5 R15 Maxxis Creepy Crawler
Suspension: Gwyn Lewis kit, including +5.5in Old Man Emu springs and dampers, dislocating cones, raised turrets and rear spring relocators