Living in the United States, Land Rover Defenders aren't exactly thick on the ground. Even if you are lucky enough to stumble on one that's worth buying, though, the price can easily exceed the cost of a new Land Rover LR4 or Range Rover Evoque, with the finest, low-mileage examples going nearly as much as a new, fullsize Range Rover.

The obvious solution, then, is to just buy your Defenders in bulk. Ex Army UK somehow acquired 43 Defender 110 Puma models from military surplus. And get this - they're new. Yes, the diesel-powered beasts of burden were bought by some government agency and put in storage. They were bought between 2008 and 2009 and look pretty much pristine. The downside, at least for our friends in the UK, where the Landies are located, is that the vehicles can't be operated within the UK or European Union. We promise, if they're sent to the US, we'll take very good care of them.

We won't even attempt to hazard a guess at how much it'll cost to acquire this small army of SUVs, but it probably won't be cheap. Still, if you're contemplating starting your very own militia, 43 rough-and-tumble (and new) military vehicles would be a solid start.


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      gary
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm suprised General Aladeen of Wadiya hasn't snapped these up.
      flammablewater
      • 8 Months Ago
      Screw starting an army, cage them all and start a one-make off road racing series.
      Robt
      • 8 Months Ago
      Would do nicely for a few safari companies and / or work at game reserves. Unforunately, I don't think they're street legal in the US
      SquareFour
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't want an army, I only want one...preferably at cost, please.
      waetherman
      • 8 Months Ago
      Diesel, pickup, Landie 110's. I'm sure there are AB commenter heads exploding. That's definitely a trove. Get 'em over to the US ASAP! On a side note, it's probable that the UK taxpayers are the one who footed this bill. I've been reading recently about how foreign aid grants work and the "pork" involved, and the scheme works like this; the UK (or US) will give a grant to the military of a particular country, let's say Egypt. As part of that grant, Egypt agrees to purchase 50 Land Rovers (or 20 F-16s, whatever) even if they don't need them. The purchase is made and the vehicles are essentially immediately mothballed, often without even being shipped. Apparently there are warehouses of these vehicles in the US that have been "purchased" by grant recipients only to rot on the field.
        dbauer2000
        • 8 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Ok, so I'm confused, who makes the purchase? The US or Egypt? So we give them a grant, which I'm assuming is money, then they agree to purchase 50 Land Rovers? So we give them money (the grant), and then they give us money (for the Land Rovers)? How is this benefiting either party?
          no1bondfan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @dbauer2000
          If the grant is for $100m, then $80m is used to buy Boeing helicopters, for example. Boeing makes a big fat campaign contribution to the congressman that sponsored the grant bill, takes him on "info-gathering" trips in their private jet to St. Andrews to golf, lets him use their skybox at the Washington Nationals, etc. The other $20m somehow ends up in Switzerland, Jersey (the island, not the state), or Grand Cayman, split between the accounts of a few ministers and generals of Egypt (or whoever the "aid" recipient is).
      oc_surf_serf
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh, the irony. All the Mountain Men, Minute Men, and Sean Hannity-backed welfare cattle-herdering psuedo-militias running around 'Murica wouldn't/couldn't drive a RHD 'fourr'in' car!
      Neez
      • 8 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereI love how people think these are "militaristic" just because some militaries use them. They are not meant for combat, even the hummer was never designed for combat. They are meant to be extremely capable off-road vehicles to get troops and supplies where they need to go, to support combat. Same as the hummer was designed for. They didn't start adding armor plating to the hummer until 10 years after production, which overloaded the original design causing engine and suspension problems due to the excess weight. Only recently have we learned more about geurilla warfare and are looking to MRAP type vehicles to do patrols because there really is no "front line" in this type of warfare, just occupation and resistance. The hummers just didn't cut it loaded down with all that armor which it wasn't designed for. These land rovers aren't any better than a truck or jeep.
        SquareFour
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Neez
        WTF? Are you having a conversation with yourself? Your comment is the second post, the guy before you said nothing about them being "militaristic" and the original story only says they were acquired from "military surplus." I'm guessing you just wanted to pontificate and answer a questionable "question" no one asked... "These land rovers aren't any better than a truck or jeep." Depends on the "truck or jeep." Defenders are among the most capable--if not THE most capable--off-roaders bone stock from the factory.
      windexsunday
      • 8 Months Ago
      The enormity of your ignorance can't be calculated with today's available technology.
      Nemours
      • 8 Months Ago
      If these could be legalized, I'd take the lot - but it does say, no Europe, US
      Taipei Racer
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wait, so UN member states cannot buy these trucks, US and Canada are prohibited also, apparently. Who can buy these, enemy states only?
      Nemours
      • 8 Months Ago
      These are LHD vehicles tho...
      RP Kruizinga
      • 8 Months Ago
      Are we sure they are Puma engines? The picture of the engine shows a Td5 engine cover, the Puma (ford tdci engine) has a different cover.
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