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British tuning studio Retro Automotive, commissioned by Formula 1 pilot Lando Norris, transformed the classic short-wheelbase Land Rover Defender 90 into a convertible with interesting options.

The project began with a comprehensive restoration of a Land Rover Defender 90, which took 1,000 hours to complete. At Lando’s request, the roof of the SUV was completely cut off, wider fenders and modern LED lights were added.

The body is finished in a unique pearlescent Nardo Gray color, contrasted by black accents and black 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in grippy BF Goodrich rubber. Apparently, the paint job was inspired by McLaren supercars.

The interior is upholstered in Muirhead Egyptian Blue leather with quilted trim on the seats and rear benches. The latter were expanded to accommodate more passengers. In terms of equipment, the Defender remains spartan but gets a Pioneer head unit with Apple CarPlay combined with a detachable Marshall Kilburn II speaker.

The name of its famous owner is 3D printed on metal plaques. Photos of the rear show a picnic area, and between the back benches there was room for a portable Ooni pizza oven.

The Land Rover Defender chassis has also been upgraded, with adjustable air suspension and more efficient brakes. Under the hood is a 3.9-liter V8 mated to a manual transmission and transfer case rebuilt by Hobsons Industries.

Retro Automotive has already delivered the Defender to a customer in Monaco. The company, originally founded in 2018 in Yorkshire, produces just 15 cars a year and each is designed to suit the customer’s preferences. Each project typically takes around six months to complete, with the owner receiving regular updates on the progress of their car’s build.

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