We are pleased to present this custom 1984 Land Rover Defender 90 “Beach Runner” finished in Marine Blue with a cream marine-grade vinyl interior. Fully restored from the ground up, this 1984 Defender was prepared by Royal Overland of Austin, Texas for the 2021 SEMA show in Las Vegas and was featured as one of the top vintage 4x4 builds of the event. Imported from the U.K. about three years ago, this Defender was stripped to the bare frame, reinforced, and modified for an upgraded Radflo custom suspension before being refinished to show-quality standards. The handcrafted interior features a custom aluminum dashboard and door panels, bespoke woodwork, and a full steel roll cage. Having traveled approximately 1k miles since the completion of the restoration, this one-of-a-kind Defender is now being offered for auction by its owner out of Texas.
This Defender 90 has been refinished in the classic nonmetallic Land Rover shade of Marine Blue (LRC006) with custom multi-color stripes running along the sides. Starting with bare metal, the chassis was heavily modified to accommodate a custom suspension and reinforced at the outriggers and cross members. A new bulkhead was installed and each aluminum body panel was hand-shaped and blocked before receiving 2-stage show-quality paintwork. All rivets were replaced while the hood frame, radiator support, hinges, grille, roll cage, side steps, and bumpers were freshly powdercoated. The reverse side of all body panels, as well as the inner fenders, have been treated with a protective Line-X anti-corrosive coating. This “Beach Runner” rides on 17" Dirty Life 9302 bead-lock wheels mounted with 33” Interco Trxsus sand tires.
The interior is trimmed in marine-grade cream vinyl upholstery with custom aluminum paneling and handcrafted Brazilian Garapa and Ipe woodwork. The dashboard was custom-built from steel sheetmetal and houses an Autometer LED cluster, which uses an in-house made wiring harness fully loomed with braided sleeving and Raychem sleeving. All wiring that passes through the bodywork uses Deutsche bulkhead connectors to eliminate grommets, leaks, and potential shorts. Each door panel was crafted from aluminum and upholstered in matching cream vinyl with multicolor accents stripes to match the seats and exterior motif. The front floor sections and rear cargo area received a custom tongue-and-groove Brazilian Garapa and Ipe floor plate, which houses a sunken stainless steel insulated ice chest with a matching lid and stainless hardware. The door tops and rear body cappings are topped off with matching Garapa wood. The wooden gear knobs and glovebox door are engraved and inlaid with glow-in-the-dark epoxy that illuminates the shift patterns as well as the “Beach Runner” logo on the glovebox. All wood has been treated with a marine-grade clear coat that is both weatherproof and UV resistant. A white powdercoated six-point DOM steel-tube roll cage has been fitted as well.
This Defender is powered by a 2.5L turbodiesel inline 4, which was sourced from a later model Defender 200tdi. Factory output was rated at 109 HP and 188 lb-ft of torque while a 5-speed manual transmission directs power to all four wheels through a dual-range transfer case. The experts at Royal Overland installed larger brakes, a larger intercooler, upgraded CV axles from a Range Rover, and a 24-spline differential gear. The original suspension was replaced with Radflo coilovers featuring Swift springs and 10” of travel. The common weak points in the original suspension design were also addressed with reinforcement of the chassis mounting points, 2” diameter 1/4" thick DOM steel tubing for the trailing arms, and heavy-duty aftermarket steering linkages, integrated limit straps, and polyurethane bump stops. Images from the build process are provided in the gallery.
This sale will include a clean Texas title. Custom restored from the ground up with exquisite craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail, this one-off Defender 90 “Beach Runner” SEMA build is not to be overlooked.