Land Rover Defender 90 Soft Top (Born #2)

£125,000 No VAT
  • 2005
  • 2.5L Diesel
  • 5 Speed Manual
  • 30031
  • Yorkshire

Our Born Defender is the purest and most beautifully crafted vision of what this iconic vehicle stands for. It is understated sophistication at its best and will deliver any new owner a driving experience like nothing else.

Originally hand-built by the men and women of Solihull in 2005, this TD5 90 has been re-built meticulously from the ground up with nothing left untouched. It has been a labour of love with Charles, Twisteds founder’s vision and then Andy’s obsessive attention to detail that has left us with this most wonderful celebration of the best Defender can offer.

Beginning with one of the best TD5 Defender available, an XS spec 90 , the vehicle was stripped back to its bare bones. The chassis was stripped, treated and then coated to ensure it was in the best condition to begin this special build. Replacing every rusty nut and bolt and fitting new bushes throughout, you can be confident that nothing has been forgotten and you are buying something that has demanded blood, sweat, tears and endless cups of Yorkshire tea.

With the chassis completed every component of the drivetrain has been updated or upgraded. The transfer box has had its ratios altered, differentials pegged and CV joints and half shafts replaced with heavy duty offerings better suited to this vehicle. The all-important handling has been transformed with our full progressive suspension system, giving a more controlled and predictable experience whilst delivering the most engaging drive. Stopping power has not been forgotten and our Twisted by Alcon 6 pot front and 4 pot rear brakes have been installed giving a massive upgrade over the standard Land Rover offerings.Finally, our 18” classic wheel finished in satin grey and shod in BF Goodrich tyres provides both incredible on and off-road control but also enhances the styling in a subtle and non audacious way that only we at Twisted can.

Having only covered 30,031 miles from new (just over 1750 a year) the original 5 cylinder TD5 engine provides the most wonderful and unmistakable soundtrack. Having undergone a full rebuild and the clutch and flywheel being replaced at the same time we are confident that this engine is the perfect unit to last for many years to come and to handle the extra power and torque that it now boasts. This additional performance has been provided by our tailored engine remapping, hybrid turbo, boost control, full stainless exhaust system, silicone hoses, EGR deletion and a performance intercooler all being fitted. With Twisted having made its name originally for tuning Defender, we felt it only right that this vehicle made use of its 20+ years of experience and could deliver wolf in sheep’s clothing performance.

The exterior of the car boasts its original Cairns blue colour. Any areas not up to scratch have either been repainted or machine polished, giving it an as-new appearance. We have converted it to a beautiful grey soft top and all components requiring paint or powdercoat have been re-finished in grey, matching the wheels and tying the whole thing together. The rear door has also been converted to work as a half height variant and looks as if it left the factory this way. It also benefits from LED lighting to the headlights and tail lights alongside our Twisted daytime running light bumper, giving superb visibility even on the darkest of country roads. All of the exterior fixings have been replaced with stainless bolts and our stage one front end means the styling is timeless. The rear looks purposeful with its full width step bumper, swing away wheel carrier, colour-coded crossmember and of course the all-important Twisted Yorkshire plaques.

Moving inside the Defender it has been fully stripped, our unrivalled soundproofing installed and then carpeted over the top to provide a level of refinement usually unheard of in a Defender. On top of this the front heated seats and four tip-up rear seats have been retrimmed in black nappa leather and copper cord inlays along with matching door cards. To compliment this leather work we also trim the cubby box and at the same time raise the armrest to provide a useful leaning point as the standard offering has always been too low. Finally a period-appropriate single din head unit has been installed but brings with it modern necessities including satellite navigation, DAB radio and bluetooth connectivity.

This is one of the most incredible builds to leave our workshop and is now proudly on display in our showroom, The Old Cinema in Thirsk. It is truly a one-off, a piece of history and one of the biggest celebrations of an icon. This car begs to be used and enjoyed every day or kept as a special vehicle for high days and holidays. We’d love to talk you through the vehicle or show you it in the flesh if you fancy a cup of tea and have ten minutes to spare.

For more information on this build, please contact the team on: 01845 574 990 or email

Watch our mini series documenting the build of Born No.1 as our Founder, Charles Fawcett and Twisted Technician, Andy Dunkley take us through the build:

Ep 1 Td5’s Are Back:


Ep 2 That Td5 90:


Ep 3 Insight Into The Factory: 


Ep 4 Born No.1 Leaves The Factory:

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Features & Specification

XS Spec

Air Conditioning

Remote Alarm & Central Locking

Electric Front Windows

Heated Front Seats

Metallic Paint

Bluetooth & Single Slot CD

Tubular XS Side Rails

6 Seats

Twisted P10 Performance Upgrade to 182bhp

ECU Software Remap, Speed De-Restriction


Upgraded Differentials, Drive Shafts, Half Shafts, Flanges

Twisted by Alcon 6 Piston Front Brake Upgrade

Twisted by Alcon 4 Piston Rear Brake Upgrade

Cotton Panel Air Filter

Upgraded Twisted Intercooler

Twisted Stainless Steel Exhaust System

Twisted Progressive Suspension System

Twisted Re-Developed Polybush Kit

Front & Rear Twisted Alcon Performance Brakes

Twisted 18" ET0 Classic Wheel Finished in Satin Grey

BF Goodrich All Terrain Tyres

Twisted Aluminium LED DRL Front Bumper

Upgraded Headlights

LED 95mm Stop & Tail Lights, Reverse, Fog & Indicators

Twisted Stage One Front End including Top & Side Vents

Twisted Powder Coated Steering Guard

Upgraded Wiper Blades

Chequer Plated Sills & Side Step Tops

Tubular Spare Wheel Carrier

Satin Paint to Crossmember

Tubular Rear Step & Towing Bracket

Twisted Billet Aluminium Door Handles

Twisted Billet Aluminium Fuel Cap

Twisted Billet Aluminium Window Blocks

High Gloss Paint to Wing Mirrors

Twisted Yorkshire Plaques

Under Body Chassis Protection

Twisted Exterior Fixings

Panel Alignment

Twisted Interior Retrim

Twisted Trimmed Leather Heated Front Seats

Inward Facing Seat Conversion with 4 Leather Seats & Lap Belts

Twisted Trimmed Leather to Raised Cubby Box with Alcantara Lining

Twisted Leather to Door Handles

Twisted by Moto Lita Steering Wheel with Twisted Steering Boss

Carpet to Full Interior

Panel Alignment, Sealing & Full Interior Soundproofing & Carpet

Series Single Din Headunit with Sat Nav, Bluetooth and DAB

Twisted Yorkshire Plaques


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