What's the story?
Frenchman Stéphane Deslandes uses an enforced break from work to create his dream overland Defender camper and a new business while he’s at it. Instead of the usual 110 hard top conversion, he based his design on a Hi-Cap pick-up and then fitted portal axles; and that was just for starters.
Our favourite bit?
Portal axles combined with standard height suspension are a really clever solution. Best of all though is the ingenious fold-out camper arrangement in the load-bed, which can be quickly removed when delivery duties for his business require it.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jérôme André?
The overall budget for this Unique HCPU is a staggering £48,500. Taking into consideration the portals and wheels set Stéphane back £16,500 and the rear canopy structure another £8000 along with 200 man-hours, you can begin to see where all the money went. Besides, how often do you design and custom build you own dream vehicle?
Model: 110 Defender
Configuration: Hi-Cap pick up
Engine: 300Tdi from 1993 Disco 1
Suspension: Gwynn Lewis standard height springs with +four inch Koni dampers
Tyres: Cooper Discoverer 315/75R 16
Wheels: 16x7.5in Hutchinson HUT-WA0491 alloys
Owner: Stéphane Deslandes