Chassis # PA922195
Model: 110" NAS Defender Station Wagon, #20 of 25 (Canada).
Engine: 4.6L Rover V8 by WCBR
Owner: Todd & Lorie
In 1993 LRNA in their funny version of
wisdom thought they'd import the Defender 110 V8 to North America. A
Long-wheelbase LR hadn't graced our shores since the late 60's, so the time
was ripe. Sadly those in charge in Lanham, Maryland couldn't see the light
of day. What they wanted was a "nitch vehicle" and thus imported the Defender 110 with it's Camel Trophy
type rollcage. Only 500 units were shipped to the USA and a mere 25
to Canada. In reality it was total madness, as Solihull was willing and wanting to
send everything in the 110" line-up, which would have meant Hardtops,
Pickups, HCPC, Crew-cabs, Station Wagons, etc. We could have had a quite an assortment
of vehicles had
LRNA staffers only listened.... Made me cringe!
As said to Solihull in the mid 1960's from a Rover Motor Company
NA sales dept staffer;
"The time frame to put it all together is too slow, and the price you're
thinking of is already too high". The same happened with the NAS
110 with a price tag of $39,995.00 and only 525 were imported. It turned out to
be a missed opportunity for all involved, this being the buyer, the dealers,
LRNA and Solihull.
The ONE-TEN, as it was first known, is a great vehicle, but it had its
issues, these being: Under powered as usual, ate fuel, handling at speed
wasn't nice, and even worse at speed on a mountain road, yet LRNA nor
Solihull was willing to accept these facts or do anything about them,
despite customer complaints. We at WCB have addressed all these issues
since 1993, this featured 110 is one in which we used as a test bed. Power,
torque and drivability was improved by fitting a WCB modified 4.6L Rover V8,
suspension was modified and up-rated to suit all around driving, be it on or
off-road. This 110 will now cruise the Interstates very easily and
comfortably at 75+ mph, AND... fuel mileage is now far more
acceptable. On the extreme end, we had our hand in modifying the late Doug
Walkers D110 by supplying a 5.0L TVR/Rover V8... which could pull fully loaded
110 (enroute to NVTR one year from Los Angeles) at nearly 110 mph!
There is no longer 525 of these
vehicles on the road, a number have been wrecked, some burned to the ground
(when old oil cooler hoses burst and then ignited the oil or p/s fluid), and
those that are left are now getting a bit long in the tooth, as they say in
England, being nearing 20 years old. Here at WCB we've modified a number of
them to suit owners needs, and now even more are in need of a total
restoration, thus giving them a new lease on life. If you'd like your 110
restored to "better than new" condition... contact us with your needs. As
visiting LRUK engineers once said, "You build better Land Rovers than we
NVTR2011, at the start... this 110 has been an on-going project
since Todd & Lorie bought it from Blair some years ago. Here it is
again competing in Nevada Trophy, prepared by WCB.
Above: NVTR2011, Starting the
Trophy Course special task Sat night.
Left: Decal says it all
Accessories & Modifications:
4.6L WCBR-Rover V8; with modified
cylinder heads, camshaft, headers, etc. R380 5-speed with std
transfer, Quad rear OME shocks & road springs, front & rear sway bars,
LT26575R16 GoodYear MT/R tyres x6.