Model: Defender by WCBR
January 2006: Sadly it won't be long before we see the Defender, as we
know it, gone forever. The Defender is the last of a long line of
LAND-ROVER vehicles that first made its' debut at the Geneva Show in the
late 1940s. Since that time the LAND-ROVER has conquered the world,
literally. In many cases, those people who had never seen an automobile of
any kind, their first sighting of this new fangled contraption was a
As the LAND-ROVER progressed
Solihull would introduce the "Series-II" in the late 1950s, followed by the
"IIA" in 1963, and the "Series-III" late 1971. Each vehicle model would have
significant up-dates. In 1979 the first V8 powered LAND-ROVER made
its debut. Within a year of its introduction the prototype ONE-TEN was being
tested. This highly modified Series-III, taking the coil spring suspension
from the famed Range Rover, and incorporating full-time 4wd from the same
(in the V8s at the time), was the best LAND-ROVER to date when
introduced in 1984. Soon thereafter the "NINETY" made its debut, thus ending
the "Series-III" leaf spring cars forever.
The last LAND-ROVER's sold in North
America had been the Series-III, that ended in late 1974. The reason was two
fold; slow sales and 1975 emission regulations that the
vehicle could not comply with... the latter has now effected the more recent
TD5 engine. In 1993 LRNA made a feeble attempt to re-import the
LAND-ROVER, by importing 525 special built 110 V8 Wagons
for USA and 25 for Canada. Had LRNA had any common sense, which they clearly
didn't, they would of
imported the complete range of Defender's). In 1994 the Defender-90 arrived in limited
numbers, followed in 1995 by more vehicles. In '96 it vanished, only to
re-appear again for 1997 with an automatic transmission. And finally, the
last of the old LAND-ROVER was a special D90 V8 Automatic anniversary
car with a '97 VIN# (to avoid the feds).
Since then there have been no new
LAND-ROVER's imported, real LAND-ROVER's that is... Discovery doesn't
count. However, there have been a number of illegal ones brought it
(illegal; meaning as far as US Customs, EPA
& DOT are concerned. We highly suggest you avoid these cars and the problems
they can bring an unsuspecting buyer/owner).
Sadly, North America will never see the LAND-ROVER Defender,
as we know it, again. May 2006: It seems there
is some misguided info floating around on the Internet
(so what else is new!),
people telling us, "the Defender will return to the USA in 2007." We find
this very doubtful. You may very well see a Defender in the future, but in
name only. The current vehicle does not comply with US safety/crash
regulations - the same reason it left us after 1997. The TD5 engine is no
longer in production, nor is the V8... see where I'm going here?
In the very near future West Coast British/WCBR
will announce the beginning of a special LAND-ROVER, one that will both be a
real performer and blow your mind! And the quality will be something
only WCB can offer. No, there won't be any seat-heaters, no
power windows and locks, but it will be a real
LAND-ROVER in every sense of the word. Each vehicle will be special, no two alike. Have we
got your attention?
We are going to build the Defender
that Solihull should of built before re-entering the US market in 1993.
What's holding us up from starting now? We have, for the most part, already
specifications have been drawn up, the wheels have been set in motion... now
all we have to do is complete the three current restoration projects now
filling our shop (see Project Vehicles
Interested in buying one? E-mail
(only) your name/address to us and we'll add you to our growing list.
Stay Tuned for more.
Up-date; May 2006:
We have had a number of questions
submitted, so we will try to answer a few of them here for you now.
Up-date; Aug 2006:
The press photos of the 2007 Defenders are out, and it does look
great! A new dash graces the interior, and under the hood is a new 2.4L
common rail diesel engine driving through a new 6-speed gearbox. Food
Can you tell me the specifications of your
planned Rover? A:
NO! This is something we will not
divulge, too many copy-cats out there. In due time, you'll all know the
spec's of #1.
Q: Can I
get it with a 300TDi engine? A: NO. None of
these vehicles will be diesel powered (and the 300TDi is out of
production & is not US legal for use in these cars). Note: Did you know
that the 200TDI & 300TDI were created from the old 2.25L petrol/diesel
engine used in LAND-ROVER's since late 1950s? Well they are!
you sell me the parts to make my own vehicle like yours?
A: Sorry, but NO. Each car will be built by
WCB, and each one will be slightly different from another.
The WCB 1995 D90 at work in Nevada. With its 4.6L engine and
numerous modifications, it's our development sled.
(Photo from Dec '05)
Note the GOOD-YEAR
this photo is of a one-off prototype LAND-ROVER built just a few
years ago. Those who hoped it would appear on the market were sad to
learn otherwise. We are planning on making our own version. Unlike
others before us, who only used paint and wheels, ours will be the