Himalaya, the South Carolina bespoke Defender specialists, creates custom secret-agent Land Rover Defender, the Himalaya Spectre Edition Defender. Based on the iconic 4×4 famously featured in the British secret agent’s latest adventures, the handmade Himalaya Spectre is priced at $250,000.
The Spectre Defender uses a rare Crew Cab pickup configuration. Himalaya is able to create that very same layout using all-new body panels and frames sourced in England. After that process is complete, our team customizes the powertrain and interiors to the customers’ preferences, as with all of our other builds. – Greg Shondel, Himalaya President
Himalaya unifies British styling with American mechanicals. The stock 1961-designed Buick/Rover 182-horsepower 3.9L V-8 engine was replaced with a modern power, a GM LS3 that ensures 525 horsepower for propelling the oversized 37-inch Toyo mud-terrain tires.
A GM 6-speed automatic transmission is integrated between the engine and Rover all-wheel-drive transfer case, which is rebuilt with upgraded components prior to installation. The heavy mud tires required the brakes to be upgraded with larger Wilwood discs while steering is supported by dependable Jeep Wrangler components. Himalaya engineers in four inches of ride-height lift to clear the 37-inch tires. Custom coil springs are inserted, and extended-length control arms are built in-house with articulating Johnny Joints from Currie Enterprises. Ride is governed by Fox Racing remote-reservoir shocks.
The Himalaya Spectre features an all-new frame that is precision-manufactured to be perfectly square, handles, latches, and catches to ensure the highest quality. Its brawny tough exterior presents a slant-back effect, which was achieved with a Safety Devices exo-cage and Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters roof rack. The angle is further accentuated with a custom bed-mounted rack for the full-sized spare tire.
Additional body protection is supplied by a front A-bar-style winch bumper over a Warn Zeon 10S winch, a radiator skidplate, Amp Research Power Step sideboards, and a rear bumper with receiver hitch that Himalaya customized starting with a Poison Spyder Jeep unit. High Beam Offroad exterior LED lighting was also added.
Inside the car is outfitted with the factory Puma-level quilted-upholstery trim. Ruskin leather is the predominate material, and Alcantara was used for the headliner. Other details include Recaro seats, Dakota Digital gauges, a Momo steering wheel, Exmoor interior LED lighting, and a Safety Devices rollcage. The Defender is also fitted with a premium entertainment system comprised of a Kenwood head unit and JL Audio speakers.
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