Custom Land Rover tuner Himalaya has unveiled another stunning restomod project. While the South Carolina-based builder usually focuses on restoring and reimagining vintage Defenders, for this project they’ve chosen the Land Rover Series IIA – the predecessor of the original Defender produced between 1961 to 1971 – instead.
Staying true to the vintage aesthetic, the exterior of the Series IIA by Himalaya doesn’t appear much different — it’s the mechanics and interior that have both been heavily updated and brought into the 21st century. The factory engine has been replaced with a GM LFX V6 that generates 300 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque — there’s also a diesel engine option if the customer is that way inclined. With new front and rear axles, power steering, and disc brakes, the vehicle gains a whole lot of ability off and on road, as well as a big boost in comfort. 16-inch rims with BFGoodrich tyres round off the exterior package.
The classic look continues inside, featuring an aluminium steering wheel with wooden rim and simple instruments that closely reflect the original equipment — Himalaya has also added a modern audio system with Bluetooth connection, USB port, and subwoofer. The unique Series IIA is still available from Himalaya for US$200,000.