CC Outtake: 2008 Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top – All Work And No Play

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My favorite classic Defender edition right there, a 110” wheelbase panel van that is actually used by the owner for his profession, in this case landscaping. Its straightforward livery is the finishing touch.

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The landscaper’s Defender is powered by a 2.4 liter, Ford Duratorq ZSD-424 four-cylinder diesel engine, turbocharged and intercooled. This series of engines was also used in the Ford Transit vans and trucks. For this off-road/SUV segment that’s a rather small turbodiesel and with 122 DIN-hp it’s also substandardly powerful. Alright, let’s say ‘adequately’ then, just for the sake of it.

More than adequate though is the Defender’s registered payload capacity of 1,240 kg (2,734 lbs), whereas its towing capacity of 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) is exactly what one would expect for such a vehicle.

The usual, portable landscaper tools, clothing and other small stuff are stored behind a closed door (singular, because Defender). Anything bulky and heavy goes on an open trailer, such as loose mulch/soil, trees, shrubs, sod rolls, sand, brick pavers, tiles, poles, fencing materials, clippings, wheeled/tracked machinery, a Wacker, you name it. As long as it’s landscaping related, for the record.

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To meet the Dutch regulations for a registration as a commercial vehicle, specifically the inner height dimensions, the center section of the roof had to be slightly raised. So that’s not a pop top roof à la cozy Volkswagen camper van. All work and no play.

Roger Carr’s in-depth Land Rover article:

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