In LRO’s January 2015 issue Mark Saville meets a couple of guys in Northern Ireland who’ve restored an ex-RUC Tangy 110 Defender, and goes briefly ‘on patrol’ with them.
What’s the story?
Having had his eye on the aging fleet of armoured Defenders at the depot in Northern Ireland where he worked, Land Rover restorer Jim Smith finally got his hands on one after it was cast and sent to auction. He and fellow military vehicle collector Ian Gordon outbid all-comers to save this now unique vehicle.
Turning a stripped-down carcass back into a fully-equipped and functioning Tangy was no easy task but with determination, skill and time, Jim and Ian succeeded, as you can see from the photos.
Our favourite bit?
These vehicles were designed to help control and then quell violent disorder on the streets of Northern Ireland. Every time the vehicles left the RUC barracks, the crews never quite knew what situations awaited them, but no matter what was thrown at them, they never backed down. Like the vehicles themselves, the crews were indefatigable.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
Even with its ‘civilian’ Police paint scheme there’s no disguising the fact that this Land Rover can look after itself. My favourite ‘extra’ is the dual-purpose washer jets for the windscreen; one squirts water the other paint thinners.
Model: Defender 110 hard top
Engine: 2.5-litre 4cyl 300Tdi
Tyres: 7.50 Goodyear Cargo G24
Armour: 10mm polycarbonate riveted and bonded onto original panels