This imported 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 has covered just 1,155 miles since being restored by the Land Rover specialists at Osprey Custom Cars of Castle Hayne, North Carolina. Obtained by Osprey as a basket case just over a year ago, this Defender now packs a 300-horsepower GM-sourced V8 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a refined interior on par with modern luxury Rovers. It is being offered on consignment with a clean North Carolina title and additional restoration documentation.
This 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 has been extensively modified with a luxury off-road aesthetic, starting with a Kahn Design Wide Track arch kit flanked by powdercoated 16” Land Rover Sawtooth wheels wrapped in Achilles A/T tires. All exterior lights have been converted to LED including the headlights and taillights. A skid plate is visible below the KBX Signature grille, and the fenders and rockers are clad with black diamond plating. The one-year-old Beluga Black paint bears no notable signs of wear. Inside, the cabin space is far departed from a stock 1985 Land Rover Defender 90. Luxury appointments abound, with a full-length Alcantara headliner, wide panoramic sunroof, and custom upholstered seats drawing immediate attention. The dashboard has been reorganized thanks to a Ministry of Defender Puma kit incorporating black VDO gauges, a double DIN infotainment center with a backup camera and navigation, and functional heating and air conditioning systems. The digital odometer reflects that 1,555 miles have been covered since the restoration.
Under the hood lies a 5.3-liter LC9 V8, a GM-sourced aluminum engine rated at 315 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque in stock form. Power is delivered through a GM 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel drive system with a center locking differential. Performance upgrades include a Griffin aluminum radiator, short air intake, and improved front and rear disc brakes. Every system was either refreshed or upgraded during the restoration process. Extended details of this Defender 90’s restoration are available upon request.
At a Glance: 1985 Land Rover Defender 90
This luxury Defender was just restored by a renowned Rover specialist – it’s ready for car shows, trail duty, or anything in between.
Beluga Black (painted 1 year ago)
Kahn Design Wide Track arch kit
KBX Signature grille
Custom side steps with rubber step pads
16” Land Rover Sawtooth aluminum wheels (powdercoated)
Achilles Desert Hawk tires (265/75R16)
Full size spare
Custom upholstered front bucket seats
Forward-facing rear jump seats
Charcoal gray Alcantara headliner
Custom panoramic rear sunroof
Ministry of Defender Puma dashboard conversion with VDO gauges
Ministry of Defender heating and air conditioning
Infotainment screen with navigation and backup camera
Momo steering wheel
5.3L V8 engine (GM LC9) (315hp / 335 lb-ft)
6-speed automatic transmission (GM 6L80E)
Full-time four-wheel drive
Center locking differential
Front and rear disc brakes
Griffin aluminum radiator