2012 Land Rover Defender 110 Twisted
£99,995 | Location: United Kingdom
Launched in 1983 the Defender 110 was Land Rovers first attempt at bringing a private recreational vehicle to market, and was the foundation for the brands now extraordinary success. So good was the original Defender, not many changes came throughout its impressive production run, with the same basic recipe of a practical, go anywhere machine in place when the last one rolled off the production line in 2016. Seeking to improve upon the iconic, but flawed design of the Defender a number of companies began restoring/upgrading existing examples to create a luxury sports utility vehicle that appealed to a much wider market.
Twisted was born from the passion of one man for this iconic British vehicle. As a child, founder Charles Fawcett was surrounded by Landrover vehicles. His father had been involved in the sale and repair of this rugged vehicle since the 1970’s and ran a 4×4 off-road driving centre. As early as 11 years old, Charles had his own Series 3 pick up, one that didn’t always run. When you’re up to your knees in mud in a North Yorkshire field, with a machine that won’t move, there’s only one course of action – work out how to fix it.
Charles joined the family business in 1995 and in 2000 set up Twisted as a side operation, offering tuning and performance enhancements for the then range of Land Rover 200/300tdi Defender, Discovery and Range Rover. By 2008 the demand for expert advice and quality modification had grown and Twisted became a full time operation with its sole focus on the Defender.
4.2 Supercharged V8, Custom Switchable Side Exit Exhausts, Bespoke Radiator, Setrab Oil Cooler, Race Spec Coolant Hoses, Custom Gearbox Housing, Performance Clutch, Lightweight Flywheel, Racing Fuel Pumps/Lines, Stand Alone ECU, Custom Exhaust, P10+ Performance Pack, AP Racing Brakes, Twisted Suspension System – Comfort, Black Badges, 18″ Twisted Sport Alloys, Black Chequerplate Protective Panels, Twisted 6mm Alloy Steering Guard, Rear Step, Towing Bracket, Towball with Electrics, Rear Wheel Carries, Side Impact bars, Front Nudge Bar, Full LED Exterior Lights, Cab Only Half Cage, AIM Digital Dash with 7″ Display, Heated Recaro Sportster CS Seats, Removable 3rd Row Seats, Custom Rear Shooting Box, Black Alligator Leather Upholstery, Red Stitching, Quilted Alcantara Headlining, Custom Centre Console with Integrated Fridge, I-Phone Dock, Hidden Low Ratio Lever, Alpine Touchscreen Head Unit, Sat Nav, DAB, Bluetooth, CD, Reverse Camera, Adjustable LED Lighting, Wilton Luxury Red/Black Carpet, Fuel Cans, Shovels, Pick Axe.
Fully converted by marque specialists Twisted, this incredible example is surely the Defender in its ultimate form. The traditional shade of Corris Grey metallic perfectly frames the 110s vast body whilst contrasting black details, including the branded front bull bar, half cage and diamond plate panels give the car a commanding and contemporary presence.
Uprated suspension and a set of huge BF Goodrich off-road tyres heighten this styled 110, with the inclusion of full LED work lights and roof mounted tools hinting to the fact that this Defender is as capable off road as it is cruising around town. One of the most significant changes is the vented and bulged bonnet which does more than look good, acting as an extra inlet to feed the monstrous 4.2L supercharged V8 that lies beneath.
Whilst the exterior of the Defender portrays a sort of utilitarian chic the interior is an altogether more luxurious affair, with invoices of the custom work adding up to almost £30,000. Heated Recaro Sportster CS seats replace the originals and are upholstered in a lavish layer of black alligator skin leather with red contrast stitching, that spreads across the the doors, dashboard and rear seats. The Momo steering wheel also benefits from the same treatment and sits just in front of the digital dashboard, which clearly displays the vitals of the supercharged V8.
Further eccentric detail comes in the form of Apache helicopter switchgear, with it a genuine joystick used in place of the traditional gearknob, with an intercom mute button that sounds the horn, and a series of red toggle switches that control the exterior lights and interior LED mood lighting. Removable seats that mount in the rear give the added flexibility of having up to 7 passengers, or complete access to the bespoke rear shooting boxes which are beautifully crafted in a combination of gloss black wood and felt lining.
Modern essentials are also taken care of, with air conditioning, an Alpine Entertainment system, I-phone docking and even a custom centre console with built in refrigerator.
Engine & Transmission:
Ditching the original turbo diesel engine the owner of this Defender wanted something a little more interesting, and so a supercharged 4.2L Range Rover V8 was fitted in its place at a cost of almost £18k. Connected to a modified 6-Speed manual gearbox, performance clutch, lightweight flywheel and a bespoke switchable side exit exhaust the end result is astounding, producing 390bhp and a meteoric sound to match. No corners were cut during the conversion, with a new cooling system, ECU, oil cooler and fuel system fitted to ensure the engine runs as efficiently and reliably as possible.
Since the conversion was completed the car has covered just 3,500 miles and so sits in perfect mechanical order.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
Perfectly in keeping with the achromatic style of the Defender sit a set of satin black 18″ Twisted Sport alloys, shod in some suitable 285/65 BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres.
Suspension has been completely replaced in favour of a Twisted set up, leaning more toward road/comfort use, whilst brakes have been uprated to 350mm AP Racing front discs and 6-pot callipers.
Supplied by Ripon Land Rover on 04/12/12 this car started life as a Defender 110 XS Utility before being purchased by the 3rd and current owner in August 2015 with around 15k miles on the clock. Shortly after purchasing the car the owner set about an ambitious project which consisted of a performance/bodywork conversion by marque specialists Twisted before moving onto AutoAudio works to have a bespoke interior fitted. Not content with the Defender just looking the part it was then sent to specialist RR London, who were tasked with shoehorning in the Land Rover 4.2L supercharged V8, which was then sent to Ozcraft for a bespoke exhaust system and some final tuning.
An extensive parts list and accompanying invoices outline the extensive work and costs that went into the project, totalling almost £150,000 by the time all work was completed.
Present with the car is the original book pack, build invoices, V5 and a complete set of keys.