News

Adventure awaits the Oshe Okovango Land Rover restomod

by Nik Berg
8 September 2023 1 min read
Adventure awaits the Oshe Okovango Land Rover restomod

Oshe Automotive has revealed its first “Adventure” build, based on a classic Land Rover Defender. The Okovango and will be followed by more versions named after African rivers, including Limpopo, Zambezi and Sabie.

It’s “what the original Defender would have evolved into, had it been continuously developed over five decades. The ethos is a car that is capable, drives well and is distinctive in design—a clean, historically-respectful, modern interpretation of the Land Rover legend,” says the company.

How much is your car to insure? Find out in four easy steps.
Get a quote

Oshe’s founder David Lane grew up on a South African wildlife reserve, so it’s no surprise that his restomod projects have a rugged safari style. The Okovango is based on a short-wheelbase Defender 90 and comes with a removable bikini top. Inside, African acacia and mahogany wood trim is used alongside Marula Red leather and square-weave carpet. The dash gets an update to allow wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio and Burmester speakers, plus more modern gauges.

It’s the underpinnings that get the most mods, mind. This model comes with a 200bhp 3.5-litre Rover V8, but future cars will get a mighty 6.2-litre GM LT1 V8 and an eight-speed transmission. All examples get new electrics, AP Racing brakes, and a semi-active, electronically-controlled suspension system with five different settings depending on the terrain.

Oshe only plans to build four of these Adventure vehicles a year, with prices starting at £225,000. If you happen to be in London you can catch one now inside the RAC Club.

You may also like

BEDEO Land Rover Defender EV swap 4
This EV-Swapped Defender Is the First Classic Car with Wheel Motors
Oshe Automotive Okovango Land Rover Defender
Oshe Automotive Brings Thunder to the Land Rover Defender
GMA T.50s
Gordon Murray's T.50s to make its Track Debut at Goodwood
1
/
4
Oshe Automotive Okovango Land Rover Defender 3
Oshe Automotive Okovango Land Rover Defender 2
Oshe Automotive Okovango Land Rover Defender 4
Oshe Automotive Okovango Land Rover Defender5
A story about

Your biweekly dose of car news from Hagerty in your inbox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More on this topic
Hagerty Newsletter
Get your weekly dose of car news from Hagerty UK in your inbox
Share

Thanks for signing up!

Your request will be handled as soon as possible